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WTC Final: Kyle Jamieson revives the horrified English memories of Virat Collie from 2014

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Kyle Jamieson and Virat Collie

India skipper Virat Kohli fell to New Zealand bowling at the pace of Kyle Jamieson for the second time in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) on Wednesday and the third time in six innings from the last three test matches between the two teams.

On Wednesday, the reserve day of the WTC final, the cautious Collie, who resumed the day at eight, seemed to be in control as he decided on deliveries.

However, soon after adding five to the total, Kohli received a delivery from Jamieson, who bounced a little further, to goalkeeper BJ Watling and was caught in the back. This dismissal followed his dismissal from LBW for incoming delivery against the same bowling in the first innings here. Collie had scored 44 on the first outing.

During the tour of India in New Zealand in 2020, Jamieson had scored Collie, caught on slips in the first passes of the first test.

Former English skipper and commentator Nasser Hussein said on air that Collie’s dismissal on Wednesday “is similar to the way he was fired in the series in 2014 in England”, during which he was a complete failure and was caught behind the wickets – either by slipping field workers or a goalkeeper – several times.

Jamieson seems to have prepared well for the captain of India. Colli faced 84 balls from the high bowler, managed to score only 30 tracks, but fell three times and averaged only 10.

Before the WTC final, Jamieson had even refused to bow to Coley, his teammate at the Royal Challengers Bangalore, with the Dukes’ ball during the Indian Premier League.

Kiwi carried the ball with him to prepare for the England tour. Jamieson’s decision not to bowl to Kohli with the Dukes ball seems to have worked.

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