Last Update on: June 8th, 2023 at 10:41 am
Veteran Kiwi pacer Trent Boult will continue to miss New Zealand’s home summer as per reports in Stuff.co.nz. The pacer who had previously lost his central contract with the national team is likely to extend his absence from Test cricket for the national team.
Boult, however, is likely to play the ODI World Cup later this year for New Zealand. The left-arm pacer is expected to miss two-test series against South Africa next February and Australia in March, after not playing any of New Zealand’s six test matches last summer.
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Trent Boult was released from the central contract of New Zealand Cricket last August to spend more time with his friends and family. Boult remains one of the keenly looked-out bowlers in the domestic T20 cricket leagues like the IPL and the BBL.
Trent Boult Keen To Play ODI World Cup For New Zealand
Kiwi coach Gary Stead said that Boult’s involvement in the Big Bash League in Australia and the International League T20 in the United Arab Emirates from December to February will be a factor in his availability.
“working out what that readiness means from our perspective around test cricket in particular. He’s indicated he’s keen to be involved, but that will just depend on how that lines up I guess from his point of view and our point of view” the Kiwi coach said.
Another Kiwi cricketer Ajaz Patel has also lost his central contract. while fast bowler Adam Milne made the top-20 list for the first time in five years, NZ Cricket announced on Thursday.
Patel played just two Tests last season and his absence from ODI and T20I squads makes him ‘lose his value’ in the national setup. Patel, 34, has played 14 tests for New Zealand and became just the third cricketer in test history to take all 10 wickets in an innings when he captured 10-119 against India in the first test in Mumbai in December 2021.
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