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The lowdown on Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson is in line for his ODI debut Getty Images

In the injury-enforced absence of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry, New Zealand have picked uncapped Auckland quick Kyle Jamieson in their squad for the three-match ODI series at home against India. Here's a lowdown on the 25-year-old.

Jamieson is the tallest NZ cricketer

At six feet and eight inches (2.03 metre), Jamieson is the tallest cricketer in New Zealand. Believe it or not, he's slightly taller than New Zealand's batting coach two-metre Peter Fulton, and he has been using his towering frame to bounce out batsmen in domestic cricket.

Jamieson was born in Auckland, bred in Canterbury, and is now in line to make his New Zealand debut, having sparkled for New Zealand A.

He has been called up to the Test squad before, right?

Indeed, he had been picked as a replacement for the injured Ferguson for the 2019 Boxing Day Test because of his propensity to run in hard and hit the deck harder, but he didn't get a game on that horror tour of Australia.

Jamieson, though, has been a regular for New Zealand A over the past few seasons and was even part of the squad that travelled to the UAE in 2018. In all, he has represented New Zealand A 13 times across formats, picking up 15 wickets. His best figures of 4 for 49 came in his most recent A game against India A in Christchurch. Jamieson dismissed opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav and then defended seven off the last over to secure the one-day series 2-1 for the hosts. He nipped out Sandeep Warrier and Ishan Porel off back-to-back balls to finish off India's chase.

Earlier, in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup in the UAE, Jamieson had emerged as New Zealand's second-highest wicket-taker, with seven strikes in four matches at an economy rate of 4.51.

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What's his biggest claim to fame?

A bowler in the mould of Morne Morkel, Jamieson bagged 6 for 7 at Eden Park - the best figures by a New Zealand bowler and the fourth-best overall in T20 cricket - in last season's Super Smash for Canterbury. He bounced out four of Auckland's batsmen, including their England recruit James Vince. He can also get the ball to swing - like he showed when he snatched the outside edge of Mark Chapman on that day.

Jamieson switched to Auckland prior to this season, and is the top wicket-taker in the Super Smash in the past two years. He has bagged 30 wickets in 16 matches at an economy rate of 8.08. However, the more experienced Hamish Bennett was preferred ahead of him for the T20Is against India largely because Bennett has more variations.

Jamieson has been on the fringes for a while, having been among the wickets in the one-day Ford Trophy and the four-day Plunket Shield as well.

Can he bat?

He sure can as his List A average (31.50) and strike rate (112.50) suggest. He has made three first-class fifties to go with one in List A cricket. His most memorable knock came against the visiting English attack in 2018, when he cracked a 111-ball 101 to give the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood a runaround in a warm-up at Seddon Park.

What they say about him...

"An impressive bowler who at 6ft 8in can swing it... another one to add to the @BLACKCAPS stable."
Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, on Twitter, after Jamieson's six-wicket haul in the Super Smash

"We've been really encouraged by his progress in the New Zealand Cricket winter camps and his performances for New Zealand A." Current New Zealand coach Gary Stead (who has also worked with Jamieson at Canterbury)

"Kyle impressed the coaching staff in his time with the Test squad for the Melbourne and Sydney Tests, and will feel comfortable in the environment if included."
New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen