Kyle Jamieson Suffers Back Stress Fracture; To be Ruled Out for Another Year

Kyle Jamieson

The pacer Kyle Jamieson felt discomfort after the first test of South Africa’s tour of New Zealand in 2024 and underwent scans that revealed his Back Stress Fracture.

Kyle Jamieson Suffers Back Stress Fracture

New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson suffered a back stress fracture and may be sidelined for up to a year. He felt soreness after the first test where he bagged six wickets and was ruled out of Hamilton after scans revealed the injury.

Jamieson’s injury comes from the same back injury that he sustained last year. He said that he will not undergo any operation.

“The last few days have been some of my most challenging but I am hugely grateful for the support I’ve received from my partner, family, team-mates, support staff, and medical professionals,” said Jamieson.

“I know injuries are part of life as a cricketer and at my age, I am hopeful I still have many more playing days ahead of me.”

Speaking in the press conference later, Jamieson said the challenge of the recovery was a tough one.

“I’ve got a bit of a roadmap as to how to manage it,” he said. “I know some of the hurdles I’ll have to overcome, probably more mentally and emotionally, the physical side is the easy part. You just rest and build back up. It’s almost autopilot in a way.

“It’s more the mental hurdles, months on end, you are halfway through and a fair bit of time has gone and there’s still a fair chunk of time away.”

“It’s tough because you don’t want to go through it again. You hope that each time is the last time but I’m also 6’8” and trying to bowl fast, so know it’s part of the journey.”

Jamieson indicated his return from this latest injury saying how he prepares for Test Cricket.

“There’s a couple of patterns over the last couple of years, which you have to have these setbacks to notice them as patterns around the way you build up for red-ball cricket,” he said.

“I’ve played professionally for 10 years and my back’s been pretty good. History suggests that when you get that process right there’s still a lot of cricket to be played.”

“I get a huge amount of hope from that. There have been no healing issues in the past, it’s not like I’m a slow healer or don’t heal, so I get hope from that.”

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said, “We’ve all seen how much work Kyle has put into returning to international cricket and for him to have a setback like this is tough news to get.”

“On the positive side, we know how determined he is to keep playing cricket for New Zealand and we will be fully behind him on the rehabilitation road ahead. His resolve is undiminished.”

New Zealand has won the Test series against South Africa after 92 years. New Zealand will be playing their next schedule against Australia. They will be playing a three-match T20I series and two two-match Test series on the Australia tour of New Zealand 2024 starting on February 21.

New Zealand has recently announced the T20I squad for Australia series which features the return of Trent Boult. Devon Conway who lost his unborn child also named in the squad.

New Zealand and Australia will be playing their first T20I match on February 21 at Wellington Regional Stadium.