Hampshire hopeful of signing New Zealand quick Kyle Jamieson
Hampshire plot audacious coup of signing Kyle Jamieson with giant New Zealand fast bowler impressing on Test match stage after man-of-the-match display against Pakistan
- Kyle Jamieson has taken 36 wickets in six Test matches for New Zealand
- He helped his side reach the top of the Test rankings after they beat Pakistan
- A deal could be complicated due to the IPL and New Zealand’s tour of England
- But Hampshire are hopeful of pairing him with Kyle Abbott for a short spell
Hampshire are hoping to pull off a major coup by welcoming the world’s most in-form fast bowler to county cricket this summer.
Contact has been made with giant New Zealander Kyle Jamieson, who has taken the Test scene by storm in taking 36 wickets in his first six appearances at an average of 13.27 – the lowest mark by any player to have bowled in a dozen innings or more since the 19th century.
The 6ft 8ins Jamieson’s man-of-the-match display versus Pakistan in Christchurch earlier this week helped complete a victory that sent the New Zealanders top of the Test rankings for the first time.
Hampshire are hoping to pull off a major coup by signing New Zealand quick Kyle Jamieson
Jamieson’s man-of-the-match display saw the Black Caps beat Pakistan earlier this week
The 26-year-old’s availability is complicated by the potential for an Indian Premier League deal this spring and New Zealand’s presence in England in June – either for a two-match bilateral series or a place in the final of the World Test Championship.
However, Hampshire remain optimistic he could be engaged for a short spell to form a high-quality new-ball partnership with Kyle Abbott, now considered an overseas player at the Ageas Bowl following the abolition of Kolpak status post-Brexit.
Abbott, 33, was the first of county cricket’s Kolpak brigade to return to playing domestically in South Africa this winter when he signed a short-term deal with the Titans.
Hampshire are also looking to re-sign Australian Nathan Lyon for a portion of the 2021 domestic summer after his deal last year was voided by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A deal could be complicated but Hampshire are hopeful of pairing him with Kyle Abbott
They are also looking to re-sign Australian Nathan Lyon (centre) for some of the 2021 summer
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