New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult is unlikely to feature in the upcoming two-match Test series against England as the over hopes to be fresh for the ICC World Test Championship final against India later this month.
New Zealand will lock horns with hosts England in a two-match Test series which will start at the ‘Home of Cricket’ Lord’s from June 02.
Earlier, Trent Boult was scheduled to be unavailable for the first Test of the series as he wanted to spend some time with his family following his return from the IPL.
Boult, who is expected to land in the United Kingdom on Friday, June 04, was earlier expected to feature in the second Test which is scheduled to take place at Edgbaston from June 10.
However, if New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is to be believed, the left-arm seamer is unlikely to feature in the second Test as well as the Kiwis aim to keep their veteran fast bowler fresh ahead of the marquee clash against India
“I don’t think you’ll see Trent in the two-Test matches here,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead told reporters on Monday. “He arrives on Friday, our planning and what we’re looking at doing with Trent is having him ready for the World Test Championship final.
“He’s been home, he has had a week of bowling over there which has been great after the fair amount of isolation time at the end of the IPL,” he added. But our view with Trent right now is it’s unlikely that he will play the Test at Edgbaston. And he’s more likely to be just available for the one-off Test.” Stead said.