New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult was excited to be part of the first two Tests of the 3-match series against England, which ended up being thrillers where all three results were possible for a majority of the game.
England ended up on top on both occasions, even winning the second match in stunning fashion. Although their top-order batting woes remain, the experienced trio of Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and Jonny Bairstow have tapered over the cracks.
Under the new head coach, Brendon McCullum, they have started off well and will be hoping to continue as the summer progresses. For now, if the first two games are any indication, they are headed in the right direction.
“They are playing like I thought he (McCullum) told them to. It’s a new change for English cricket. What a start. Both games so far have been thrillers really. For Test cricket as a whole, hopefully, we see many more games like that, and get many more eyes watching,” Boult said on the eve of the third Test.
“We probably haven’t been at the standards we want to be” – Trent Boult
Boult said the dressing room isn’t happy with the performances put up by the Kiwis. They have set high standards in the longest format of the game but the summer hasn’t gotten off on the right foot.
“I suppose it’s hard being 0-2 down in the series. But there’s a lot of pride in that changing room from some of the performances we’ve put out over the last few years. If we’re fair, we probably haven’t been at the standards we want to be as a group, it’s nice to have one game to go out and play like we know we can,” he mentioned.
The third and final Test will commence on June 23 at Headingley, Leeds.