Jamieson, 27, cites love in the open air, he and his partner use it “to get away from the hustle and bustle of what our lives are usually like,” but with the cricket agenda test as it is, a new challenge is never far away. far. Indeed, today he sees himself launched into a new battle against England.
At 6 feet 8 inches, Jamieson is a natural candidate for a fast bowler, but he needed Dayle Hadlee, a former New Zealand international and Richard’s older brother, to recognize his potential before the World Cup sub -19 of 2014. “I always hung my hat at baptism,” he explains. “My old man got into club cricket and, like most kids, you try to follow in your old man’s footsteps. Finally, Dayle saw my height and said, ‘Here you go, run and shoot fast.’ he turned on the switch in my mind. I fell in love with it and it has been that way ever since. “
Clearly love and cricket are intimately linked for Jamieson. It would be easy in his position to get so caught up in the magnitude of his work and the pressures of test cricket that enjoyment fades, but he is able to retain a sense of perspective that should be useful to Lord’s today.
“There are a lot of external factors that try to take you away from that mindset, make you focus on the outcome, how you’ve been and how you’ve acted,” he says. “But having a big cap on your head, having a fern on your chest: all these little things that when you’re a kid you’ll give anything away … is trying not to lose sight of it and enjoying it a lot. moment.
You don’t know when they’ll take this thing away from you. If you can do it, you tend to get a little better too. “It helps to be on a team that stands out on the field: New Zealand has reached the final in every international cricket format and is starting this last skirmish with England as favorite firm.
“I consider myself incredibly lucky to have joined the group at the time I have,” he adds. “During the first games I was like ‘wow’. The confidence factor, the enjoyment factor, that this team has around the game was something I hadn’t exposed myself to. I often step back and think at times when he wanted things to go a little faster, or to play a little younger.
“But now I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve come to play with guys who are big on the game, not just in New Zealand but all over the world. And I’ve only been able to be a sponge in a way and absorb all the information and experience that “Just sitting in that locker room has been very special, and sitting here on the eve of another test of the Lord is pretty cool.”