Cricket: Blackcaps' Kyle Jamieson makes star statement against West Indies

New Zealand may have found themselves a new cricketing superstar in Kyle Jamieson, after his man of the series performance in the 2-0 whitewash against the West Indies. 

The Aucklander has taken to test cricket like a duck to water, grabbing 20 wickets in just four matches. 

In the first-innings of the second test in Wellington, Jamieson grabbed career-best figures of 5/34, adding to his four wickets in the opening test of the series in Hamilton. 

Blackcaps stand-in captain Tom Latham says he's proud of Jamieson's performance, putting the towering quick's rapid improvement down to his commitment to the game.

"He's a guy that's always willing to learn and pick the brains of the other guys in the group, which is outstanding," Latham notes.

"For him to continuously learn and come back with a few new skills is testament to himself and he thoroughly deserves the players-of-the-series award."  

On the second day at the Basin Reserve, the 25-year-old rocked the West Indies batting order to put the Blackcaps in control of the second test.

Jamieson grabbed wickets in consecutive balls - opener John Campbell and Roston Chase - and was narrowly deprived a hat-trick, when his next ball struck Jermaine Blackwood on the pads, but video reviews showed it missing leg stump.

His next ball also found Blackwood's pad and was also reviewed, but was deemed inconclusive and remained with the umpire's not-out decision.

It isn't just with the ball Jamieson is performing, he's also contributing with the bat, turning himself into an allrounder with a valuable half century in the opening test. 

While Jamieson's clearly contributing with the ball, he's also starting to establish himself as a genuine batting option, as evidenced in his clinical 51 not out in the opening match.

In fact, Latham feels it's almost time that Jamieson is called an allrounder. 

"I think his record says that," says Latham. "If he's able to do it with the ball and bat it's great for our side. 

"He's obviously done it with the ball initially but the performance he put on with the bat in the first test was great for us."

Adding the six-foot-six Jamieson to the Blackcaps already impressive bowling lineup provides another point of difference to the already three world class bowlers in Boult, Southee and Wagner. 

Latham feels Jamieson work-ethic will continue to improve and establish himself in the test game. 

"His contributions were outstanding and in his short test career he's had so far he's come in and had success so far, which is great."

The Blackcaps now turn their attention back to the shortest form of the game, starting their Twenty20 series against Pakistan on Friday. 

Join us from 7pm for live updates of the opening T20 between the Blackcaps and Pakistan.