Southee + Boult + Wagner + Jamieson
Shane Jurgensen’s statement comes after New Zealand’s win of the inaugural ICC World Test Cricket Championship. In addition to terming the victory as his greatest coaching achievement, an emotional Shane Jurgensen, the team’s bowling coach, also heaped praise to the other members putting in work for the players.
The final match of the series saw New Zealand face India, currently fourth in the ICC world rankings, at Rose Bowl, Southampton, England. Despite a washout on the fourth day, the Black Caps managed an 8- Wicket win in the final session of the reserve day.
Journey to winning the final
With a draw with Sri Lanka and a thrashing by Australia, most fans began losing hope in the Black Caps. Furthermore, their next match was with India, who were enjoying an unbeaten run of seven games. However, Kylie Jamieson’s 4/39 and pace bowler Tim Southee’s 4/49 in India’s first innings saw them winning the series 2-0. Despite a 10-month hiatus because of COVID-19, New Zealand’s push to the final continued. Victories over the West Indies and Pakistan saw them qualify for the final, where they again won against India.
A formidable quartet
New Zealand’s lethal attack results from a genius combination of the players’ experience, skill, and physical attributes. Here is an overview of what each member of Jurgensen’s formidable quartet has to offer.
All-rounder Jamieson, 26, is the team’s deadliest bowler. His pinpoint accuracy and height allow him to bowl both ways at a good pace. With a height of 6 feet 8 inches, he is the tallest player to ever feature for the Black Caps.
The 32-year-old pace bowler is famous for his varying deliveries, including brisk-paced out swings and off-cutting slow balls. But, according to Jurgensen, Southee’s determination to learn new skills is paying off. He can now swing the ball in both ways, and you can count on him to get batters out.
Boult’s superpowers are his pace and ambidextrous inswinger that allows him to bowl to either side. Consequently, he is the team’s first pick when the priority is to eliminate the opponent’s batting line-up quickly.
Wagner’s ability to sew and swing the ball on either side unsettles many batters. Furthermore, his strong work ethic and extensive international experience make him a valuable resource for the younger team members.
A stellar performance from Kyle Jamieson also earned him the Player of the Match award, adding legitimacy to Jurgensen’s claim.
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