Kyle Jamieson continued his impressive showing on Test debut, exhibiting his all-round prowess with a flurry of sixes down the order against India in the Wellington Test, and ending with a record tally during his brisk knock.
Jamieson tonked four sixes during his 44-run blitz, equalling the record for the most sixes in a debut Test innings. Two of those sixes came in the same over, against Ravichandran Ashwin, helping New Zealand secure a 100+ run lead in the first innings.
He now holds the record with Australia’s Michael Clarke, who also hit four sixes in his debut innings against India in 2004, on his way to a sublime 151 in Bengaluru.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) February 22, 2020
The record for the most sixes in a debut Test, however, belongs to Jamieson’s teammate, Tim Southee, who smacked nine sixes during his unbeaten 77 in only his second Test innings, on debut against England in Napier, 2008.
Ibrahim Zadran is the third batsman to have hit four sixes on Test debut, during his 87-run knock in the second innings of last year’s Afghanistan-Bangladesh Test in Chattogram.
Jamieson made his intentions clear off only his eighth ball in Test cricket, when a Mohammed Shami bouncer was smacked for a big six over deep mid-wicket. Not long after, he sent another bumper for a six, sending a top edge over the keeper’s head, which also brought up the 100-run lead.
With the new ball brought into play as soon as it was available, Jamieson took a liking to Ravichandran Ashwin’s off-spin, carting two huge sixes over deep mid-wicket, both in the same over. However, it was Ashwin who had the last laugh, deceiving Jamieson, who tried to go for another big heave, but ended up gifting a catch to long-on.
Jamieson’s knock, along with Trent Boult’s late cameo, helped New Zealand push past 300, and eventually settle for a 183-run lead.