Duke balls are ‘ bit darker and harder’: NZ pacer Kyle Jamieson prior to WTC final

New Delhi: India and New Zealand are ready to play the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton on 18 June. The match will decide the first-ever winner of the Test Championship. The match will be played with Duke Ball rather than Kookaburra or SG Ball.

The Kiwis, who used to play with the Kookaburra at home, will be playing in England with the Dukes ball which offers more swing. Prior to the WTC final, they will play two Tests against England.

“Their experience will be really helpful, from the guys like Tim, Wags, Doug and even Henry as well, who’s played a lot over here. There’s so much experience around English conditions and what the Dukes ball can do. So I’ll try and look and lean on for the next few weeks,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Jamieson as saying.

When asked about the challenges of bowling with the Dukes ball, Jamieson said: “It’s is certainly a bit different – it’s a bit darker and harder as well, and the seam is a little bit more narrow. So it’s just about trying to get used to that and the hands.”

The right-arm pace bowler, who made his Test debut in February 2020, against India, has picked 36 wickets in his first six Test matches.

“There have been conversations around what the Dukes ball can do, but whilst being mindful of the fact that you don’t want to go searching too much and try to move the ball too much, and then getting caught on the bounce a little bit. So I’m sure over the next few days we’ll have a few more conversations on what it looks like and then go from there,” he added.

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Jamieson has played 6 Test matches for New Zealand and has taken 36 wickets at an average of 13.27. He has also scored 226 runs at an average of 56.5 with the bat. He represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League after being picked by the franchise for Rs 15 crore at the mini-auction, took 27 wickets at an average of 12.25 and a strike rate of 31.8.

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