New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult on Tuesday (June 14) etched his name in the record books for his batting in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Boult scored 17 off 15 balls in New Zealand’s second innings, where the visitors gained a lead of 298.
Boult had scored 16 runs in the first innings and levelled former Sri Lankan player Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of 623 runs, the most at the No.11 position in Test cricket.
Trent Boult leads the charts of most runs at No.11 in Test cricket
Boult achieved the feat when he hit the first four off the bat in the second innings to overhaul Muralitharan at No.11 in red-ball cricket. Boult hit four boundaries before holing out to England captain Ben Stokes off James Anderson’s bowling, as New Zealand were bowled out for 284 with Daryl Mitchell unbeaten on 62.
Boult has overall scored 755 runs in 92 innings with the best score of 52 not out, batting at No.11, against Bangladesh. Anderson is third on the list of most runs by No.11 in Test cricket with 618 runs in 165 innings at an average of 8.13.
ENG vs NZ: Jonny Bairstow’s carnage cruised England to five-wicket win in second Test
England won the second Test on the back of a rampant Jonny Bairstow’s batting display on Day 5. The Yorkshire player scored the second-fastest hundred by an England batter in 77 balls, one short of the record held by Gilbert Jessop in 1902 against Australia.
Bairstow obliterated the New Zealand bowling attack comprising Boult, Tim Southee, Matt Henry and Michael Bracewell in the chase. The capacity crowd at Trent Bridge was fortunate enough to witness Bairstow’s brutal shots, including 14 boundaries and seven sixes at a strike rate of 147.83, which is the highest strike rate while chasing a target in a Test match.
Stokes played the second fiddle during his 179-run alliance with Bairstow but once the latter was caught behind off Boult’s bowling, the England skipper charged down to provide the finishing touches with an undefeated 75 in 70 balls (10 fours and four sixes).