New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson is so sensationally good at the moment that parallels with cricket’s greatest players are inevitable. In his short career so far, Jamieson has started well, got better in the middle, and by the end of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India, produced performances that have left one wide-eyed just watching it, full of ridiculously good deliveries. 

Jamieson’s swing bowler bucket list was greeted with a befitting set of circumstances in the WTC final last month. Southampton: Conditions ripe for swing? Check; Dukes ball? Check; Green outfield to retain shine? Check; Batsmen with lack of practice in the above conditions? Check; arguably one of the world’s best slip-catching cordon? Check. The result was a Player of the Match award for a seven-wicket match haul including a five-for in the first innings.

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