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Trent Boult Returns To New Zealand For ODI

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Trent Boult Returns To New Zealand For ODI

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Trent Boult, renowned as one of the world’s premier ODI bowlers, is set to make a comeback for New Zealand in the upcoming ODI World Cup, despite not being under a national contract. This surprising development was confirmed by the Black Caps coach, Gary Stead, during a press conference held on Thursday. In an unprecedented move, Boult chose to forego a New Zealand Cricket contract last year, which allowed him to participate in the highly lucrative Big Bash League held in Australia. Consequently, his name was absent from the list of players offered central contracts on Thursday, but he did sign a “casual playing agreement” with New Zealand Cricket.

Despite not having a formal contract, Stead expressed optimism about Boult’s return to the New Zealand squad and hoped that the talented seamer would reestablish his formidable partnership with Tim Southee, the captain of the New Zealand Test team. The ODI World Cup, scheduled to commence in October in India, is the anticipated platform for Boult’s comeback. Stead stated, “We are having positive conversations with Trent, he’s indicated he’s available for the World Cup.” With Boult’s exceptional skills and immense contribution to the team as one of the best ODI bowlers globally, Stead believes it is highly likely that Boult will be a valuable asset in New Zealand’s World Cup squad, barring any unforeseen injuries.

Trent Boult, aged 33, has an impressive track record, boasting 187 wickets in ODI matches. In addition, he has claimed an additional 74 wickets while representing his nation in Twenty20 cricket. Despite his remarkable achievements, Boult’s absence from the New Zealand squad raised eyebrows during the drawn home Test series against England and the subsequent 2-0 victory over Sri Lanka earlier this year. Surprisingly, Boult had previously participated in the 2022 Twenty20 World Cup, representing the Black Caps. However, his exclusion from the Test matches indicated a transitional phase in his career.


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Gary Stead shed light on the potential for Boult’s return to the Test squad, mentioning that discussions were ongoing regarding his involvement in the upcoming home series against South Africa and Australia. Stead acknowledged the various commitments Boult has with other leagues and emphasized the need to consider those factors while planning his return to the longer format of the game. The possibility of Boult’s return to Test cricket holds promise, given his exceptional record of 317 Test wickets. Fans and experts eagerly await his comeback and anticipate witnessing his lethal bowling attack against formidable opponents.

“That’s still being discussed at the moment. Trent has other leagues he is committed to, so we are just working through that and exactly what it will mean,” Stead added.

“He’s indicated a willingness to play.”

While Boult’s absence from a national contract initially raised concerns, his expressed willingness to play for New Zealand alleviates doubts about his commitment to the team. Boult’s decision to prioritize other leagues, such as the Big Bash League, allowed him to showcase his skills and gain valuable experience in a different cricketing environment. This exposure could prove beneficial not only for Boult himself but also for the New Zealand team as they aim to dominate the ODI World Cup and future series against strong contenders.


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