Jamison, 27, cites a love of the outdoors, with him and his partner using it ‘to get away from the hustle and bustle of what our lives tend to be’, but with the Test cricket schedule as it is, a new challenge is never far away. Indeed, today sees him thrown into a new battle against England.
At 6ft 8in, Jamieson is a natural candidate for a fast bowler, but it took Dayle Hadlee, a former New Zealand international and older brother of Richard, to recognize his potential ahead of the 2014 Under-19 World Cup “I’ve always hung my hat on my stick,” he explains. “My old man beat at the cricket club and like most kids you try to follow your old man’s path. Finally Dayle saw my height and said, “Here, run and play fast.” It flipped the switch in my mind. I fell in love with it and it’s been that way ever since.
It’s clear that love and cricket are inextricably linked for Jamieson. It would be easy in his position to get so caught up in the scale of his task and the pressures of Test cricket that the fun fades, but he is able to retain a sense of perspective that should come in handy at Lord’s today. today.
“There are a lot of external factors that try to take you away from that mindset, to focus on the result, on how you’ve been and your performance,” he says. “But having the baggy cap on your head, having the fern on your chest: all those little things for which when you’re a kid you give anything… it’s trying not to lose sight of that, and really enjoy this moment.
You don’t know when this thing is going to be taken away from you. If you can do that, you tend to get a little better too. It helps to be in a team that excels on the pitch: New Zealand have reached the last final in each of cricket’s international formats and are entering this latest skirmish with England as overwhelming favourites.
“I consider myself incredibly lucky to have entered the group when I have one,” he adds. “For the first few games, I was just like ‘wow’. The confidence factor, the fun factor, that this team has around the game was something that I hadn’t been exposed to. A lot of times I step back and I think of times when I wanted things to happen a little faster, or played a little younger.
“But I wouldn’t change that for the world now. I got to play with guys who are great in the game, not just in New Zealand but all over the world. And I was just able to kind of be a sponge and soak up all the information and experience that this team has. Just sitting in this locker room was pretty special, and sitting here now on the eve of another Lord’s Test is pretty cool.