In a sensational development, New Zealand received a big boost ahead of the three-Test series against Australia as bowling spearhead Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme have recovered from injuries and have been declared fit for Australia tour. Earlier, both of them hat to sit out of the second Test against England as they picked up muscle injuries during the first Test against England in Hamilton.
They were doubtful starters for the forthcoming series in Australia. Coach Gary Stead added that Boult (side strain) and de Grandhomme (abdominal tear) were gradually recovering but were yet to prove they were back to complete fitness. The hosts won the first Test match by an innings and 65 runs at the Bay Oval and the second Test match ended in a pulsating draw as New Zealand won the two-match series by 1-0.
Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme will travel with the team to Perth tomorrow: NZC
In a massive update, the duo made remarkable progress in recoveries. New Zealand Cricket confirmed that both of them would jet off to Perth with the squad on Saturday. “Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme are both making good progress with their injuries and successfully trained today at Bay Oval. The pair will travel with the team to Perth tomorrow,” New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on its official Twitter handle.
Needless to say, the chances of their participation in the pink-ball affair at Perth Stadium which starts December 12 are slim. The second Test starts on Boxing Day at the MCG and the last game will be played at the SCG from January 3, 2020. New Zealand will approach the tour with confidence after beating England at home. Australia, who are seen as a tough team to beat at the moment will be vying to continue their winning streak at home.