England vs NZ, 2nd Test

Kyle Jamieson will not take the field on day four, as New Zealand look to eke out a first-innings lead against England in the second LV= Insurance Test at Trent Bridge.

Jamieson walked off midway through his 17th over of the innings late on day three after he experienced, what was described by team management, as a “sharp pain” in his lower left back. He will now undergo an MRI scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Even with Jamieson, New Zealand had struggled to contain England’s run-rate through the day, the hosts scoring 383 runs. Jamieson struggled to make an impact, conceding four runs per over in a wicketless spell, the most expensive he’s been across an innings since his debut over two years ago.

In that time he has become an essential component of New Zealand’s attack, missing only one of the 17 Tests New Zealand have played since his debut (he was rotated out to manage workloads in their Test win against England at Edgbaston last year). Sixteen Tests into his career, he’s still averaging under 20. Last week, after he took six wickets at Lord’s in New Zealand’s five-wicket defeat, he rose to No.3 in the ICC men’s Test bowling rankings.

Jamieson hasn’t had any major injury concerns since his debut, though he did pull up during a County Championship game for Surrey last summer.

There is a week’s gap between the end of this Test and the start of the third at Headingley. New Zealand have Neil Wagner in the squad as well who has – to the surprise of some – not yet featured in the series.
New Zealand are already missing the services of captain Kane Williamson, who had to pull out on the eve of this Test after he tested positive for Covid-19.

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