Having made their World Cup debut in 1983 and attaining Test status nine years later, Zimbabwe have not very often been blessed with bowlers who have the ability to shake up the opposition with raw pace. Aged 22, Kyle Jarvis, son of former pacer Malcolm Jarvis who represented the country in back-to-back World Cups (1987, '92) has proved to be a real shot in the arm for his side, crossing the 140 kmph barrier at times, and knocking over the stumps at the other end with a fair degree of regularity.
Jarvis, who played his maiden Test against Bangladesh in a one-off affair in Harare last year, has 13 wickets to his name in three matches which also includes a five-for against New Zealand in Bulawayo in 2011.
As Zimbabwe get ready to battle it out with the Kiwis once again in the only Test of the tour in Napier on Thursday, Jarvis told CricketNext that the five-day format was very much his forte.
"Test cricket definitely suits my game. I have felt before that I've had more control with the red ball. I have been working hard on my one-day disciplines lately and I'm sure they will pay off in the New Zealand series," he said. "My Twenty20 performances have been good so far. It's just my one-day cricket which I feel is not where it should or will be."
Even though the he rated his five-wicket haul against New Zealand highly, Jarvis said the four wickets in the second innings of the Harare Test against Bangladesh which led to his team's victory was the highlight of his career; a match which also marked Zimbabwe's return to Tests after six years of exile.
"My best moment has to be my four wickets in the second innings against Bangladesh to win our Test return game in Harare. It was a very proud moment."
Jarvis was also confident that the stress fracture on his lower back which kept him out of the game soon after his international debut in 2009 was a thing of the past now.
"The back is not a problem at all. I feel stronger now than I did before it [the injury]. It is a very common injury and I had good people around me getting me back to full fitness."
About his goals and that of the team on the upcoming tour of New Zealand and beyond, Jarvis was not willing to come up with a definite answer.
"I just want to do my best for the team in any way possible. The team really just wants to play good tough competitive Test cricket and if we do the results will show," he said.