In an exciting development for cricket enthusiasts, New Zealand’s Trent Boult has expressed his unwavering passion to represent his country once again in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and tests. The talented left-arm fast bowler, who was released from his New Zealand central contract last year upon request, remains hopeful of donning the national jersey at the upcoming Cricket World Cup in India.
White hints at Boult’s World Cup selection
Following his omission from the team after the T20 World Cup last year, Boult accepted New Zealand’s decision regarding his future with respect. However, his ambitions to play in the World Cup continue to burn brightly, as stated by outgoing New Zealand Cricket’s CEO David White. Boult’s prospects for the prestigious tournament are deemed excellent, with positive conversations taking place between him and the cricket board.
“It’s very important for the integrity of our contracting model that we give priority to our centrally contracted players. In saying that, we’ve had a lot of conversations with Trent over the last few weeks and months,” White told D’Arcy Waldegrave on Newstalk ZB.
“I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t representing New Zealand in the World Cup and we’re having very positive conversations with him.”, he further added
New Zealand’s bowling lineup faced unexpected challenges prior to the first test against England in February, with Kyle Jamieson and Matt Henry withdrawing from the series due to injury and personal reasons, respectively. Despite this, Boult was not called upon, and the team opted for local players Jacob Duffy and Scott Kuggeleijn instead, in adherence to their priority for centrally contracted players.
Boult’s wish to play the World Cup
Boult, who is currently showcasing his skills in the Indian Premier League as a member of the Rajasthan Royals, believes that his invaluable experience and familiarity with Indian conditions will greatly enhance his chances of securing a spot in the World Cup squad. The determined bowler emphasized his strong desire to play for New Zealand once again, acknowledging the privilege of his 13-year career with the Black Caps and expressing his commitment to participating in the forthcoming World Cup.
Recalling his conversation with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after the memorable 2019 World Cup final, Boult revealed their mutual determination to return to the tournament in India. He acknowledged Williamson’s resilience in overcoming a knee injury to strive for the prestigious event, recognizing the tournament’s allure and the team’s immense potential.
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