Monday, Aug 08, 2022

IND Vs NZ: New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson Opts Out of T20 series, To Focus On Tests

Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had withdrawn from the three-match T20 international series starting in Jaipur on November 17 (Wednesday).

New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson was adjudged the Player of the Match against India in the final of the ICC World Test Championship in Southampton in June 2021. Photosport via AP

New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson has decided to skip the three T20Is against India to focus on the upcoming Test rubber, the first series of the new World Test championship cycle. (More Cricket News)

Jamieson will thus join his skipper Kane Williamson, who has also decided to miss the T20Is to prepare for the two-match Test series, starting on November 25.

"We decided through talking with Kane and Kyle that they won't play in this T20 series," coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by 

"They're both going to get ready for the Test matches and I think you'll find there will be other guys involved in the Test matches that won’t play the entire series either.

"It's a bit of a balancing act at the moment and with three T20 games in five days plus travel to three different cities it’s a very, very busy time."

New Zealand, who had lost the T20 World Cup final on November 14, hardly got any time to regroup as they face India in the opening T20I in Jaipur on Wednesday (November 17).

It will be followed by the second and third T20Is on November 19 and 21, before India and New Zealand kick off their World Test Championship defence with two games in Kanpur and Mumbai.

New Zealand had defeated India by eight wickets in the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship in Southampton, England in July this year.


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