The New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen has recently said that New Zealand have the best bowling attack in world cricket right now. He also believes that their performance in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final was not a fluke and proof of the mettle as well.
However, they put up a great show in Southampton against India and beat them by eight wickets also. While speaking to the media, Jurgensen stated their recent performance confirmed what he believed for a long time about New Zealand’s attack being the best.
“I think so. I’ve been thinking that [New Zealand have the best attack] for a while. So it’s just me and my role and belief in these bowlers; what they bring to us as a team and the challenges they have overseas,” he said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“But, I think they are and we can probably strongly say that right now – this hasn’t been a fluke and it has been happening for a long time. As I said, the belief in the bowling group – how they plan, how fit they are, how strong they are, and how much they believe in each other. The trust is amazing and we got four or five bowlers in the final, but all do different things,” Shane Jurgensen further added.
The New Zealand pace attack comprises Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, young Kyle Jamieson etc. but Southee and Boult are the two best swing bowlers in recent times. And, the addition of Jamieson has provided another dimension to it as well. Shane Jurgensen praised the variety of the Kiwi bowlers which they have in the longer format.
“Kyle’s height and accuracy, to be able to swing it both ways at a good pace. Tim’s accuracy, his new-ball execution [is] unbelievable, can adapt, to use the crease, over and around, left-hand right-hand [batsmen]. Trent – we know Trent’s ability with the new ball, but he took wickets with the old ball, and he’s been doing that for a while. With Neil, we know that he makes people uncomfortable on the back foot and the front foot because of the lengths that he bowls, but now, he’s getting guys out like Trent (Boult). So he’s been building up his own skill-set to get the ball to swing both ways and seam it,” Shane Jurgensen concluded.