Blackcaps v India: NZ's Kyle Jamieson unlikely to feature in second test

Despite an eye-catching debut at the Basin Reserve, Kyle Jamieson faces being axed from the Blackcaps team for the second test against India in Christchurch

But selectors still view the towering bowler as much more than a one-test wonder.

Incumbent quick Neil Wagner will rejoin the squad, after the birth of his first child, potentially relegating Jamieson to 12th-man duties at Hagley Oval.

Unless New Zealand play four seamers, which coach Gary Stead says they're considering.

"I don't want to make any assumptions, before we get down there," said Stead. "But generally, the wicket that we play on at Hagley has a wee bit in it."

Jamieson was on fire with bat and ball in his test debut.
Jamieson was on fire with bat and ball in his test debut. Photo credit: Photosport

Stead oversaw Jamieson's transformation from a specialist batsman to an opening bowler at Canterbury and believes he's only getting started.

"It's great to see where he's got to and I'll think he'll only get better as well."

Jamieson echoed his coach's sentiments.

"I think in the next year or so, I'm going to make massive strides," said Jamieson. "And whilst I'm very happy with where I'm at now, I think there's still a lot more to come."

And that includes batting at an international level.

"I'm trying to get towards the all-rounder stage. I think that's ideally where I'd want to be, but I think my bowling probably is a little bit better than my batting at the moment."

Surely the question is now when, not if, he plays test cricket again.

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