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Kyle Jamieson insists he is just 'riding the coat-tails' of NZ greats

Kyle Jamieson insists he is just 'riding the coat-tails' of NZ greats
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Kyle Jamieson claimed five for 31 as the Black Caps bowled out India for 217 on day three.

Kyle Jamieson emerged as New Zealand's key man in their bid to become cricket's first Test world champions, but he was happy to suggest he was merely "riding the coat-tails" of his more experienced team-mates.

Jamieson claimed five for 31 as the Black Caps bowled out India for 217 on day three in Southampton, extending his remarkable start to life on the big stage.

He had yet to make his debut when the qualifying period for this final began in 2019 and although this is just his eight Test cap, he has now taken five five-wicket hauls and boasts 44 scalps at average of 14.13. Nobody in the history of the game has ever taken more for less.

And yet he paid tribute to the Kiwi brotherhood that has welcomed him open arms, starting with captain Kane Williamson and running down to his fellow seamers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, who boast a combined 206 appearances.

"It's just been nice to contribute. For me it's been an absolute pleasure coming to this group," he said.

"I've just been able to go about my business, learn off these guys and I guess just ride the coat-tails of them a little bit.

"In terms of the pressure they build and the runs they score I can't really speak highly enough of the environment and the culture that the guys have built over a period of time and that has certainly made the transition to international cricket pretty easy.

"The fact you've got some pretty world-class guys around you sort of allows you to settle into your role."

An even fresher newcomer to the side was instrumental in making sure Jamieson's good work did not go unrewarded, with Devon Conway notching 54 before being dismissed two balls before bad light stopped play to leave New Zealand 101 for two.

Devon Conway in action for New Zealand
Devon Conway also impressed for the Black Caps on day three (Adam Davy/PA)

With more heavy rain predicted on Monday in a game that has already lost huge swathes of time to the weather, even a reserve day may not be enough to turn this position of strength into a win – but Jamieson remains optimistic.

"We know in England that things can happen quickly," he said.

"If we can get ahead by 50, 100, 150 then great. As bowlers we'll take what we can get."

India batsman Shubman Gill was also looking on the bright side, with his team hoping to leverage Ishant Sharma's late dismissal of Conway and find a way back into the game.

"That was definitely a crucial wicket for us," he said.

"I feel if we would have been able to bowl a couple of more overs to Ross Taylor, who was a new batsman for us, we might have claimed a couple more wickets. When the play restarts we'll have a slight edge on them because both of the batsmen are relatively new at the crease."

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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