New Zealand left-arm pacer, Trent Boult is hopeful of playing in the second test match against England at Edgbaston which will allow him to adapt to the Duke ball conditions ahead of the WTC final against India.
Trent Boult was given some time to spend with his family after returning from the IPL & Boult is expected to arrive in the UK for the WTC final by 4th June. New Zealand’s Coach Stead Gary said that Boult will miss the two-match test series against England to stay active for the WTC final against India. Speaking about the same, Gary Stead said, “it’s unlikely that he will play the test at Edgbaston. And he is more likely to be available for the one-off test”.
However, Boult hasn’t ruled out his possibility of playing in the second test. “Everything is feeling good with what lies ahead, a big stage for the World Test Championship final, and hopefully I can get over there and be part of that second test as well,” Boult said on Tuesday after a training session near his home in Mount Maunganui.
Trent Boult is looking forward to playing in the WTC final & hopes that New Zealand will create history by winning the final of WTC, just like the team has done well in the test matches in the past,
“To get into that final and get this opportunity, the excitement is definitely ramping up now and once I step foot in the UK. Once I smell that English fresh air and see the [Duke] ball move about, I’ll definitely be excited. The way this group has traveled in New Zealand and around the world, I think the boys are in a great place to create a bit of history.”
Speaking about the Duke Ball, Boult said, “I haven’t had too much experience with it, played a handful of Tests over in England. It reacts a lot differently, then you have to weigh in all these different venues. I’m sure the boys are very excited to get it in their hands and see it move around, hopefully, we can entertain you a little bit over the next week while.”
New Zealand will play their opening test match against England at Lord’s from June 2 while the second test will begin on June 10. The WTC final between India & England will be played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton starting on June 18.
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