Trent Boult hopes to lose the England Test series ahead of the WTC’s final against India.© AFP
New Zealand are hoping Trent Boult will miss the Test series coming up against England, hoping he will be fresh in the experienced paceman and ready to go to the finals of the Inaugural World Test Championship. The left-arm seamstress will miss this week’s first test at the Lord’s after being granted family leave in New Zealand after returning home after a delay in May caused by the first Indian League coronavirus.
But Boult will only arrive in the UK on Friday and Blackcaps ’priority would be to make sure he is ready to play against Southampton in the final of the World Test Championships in Southampton from 18 June, rather than play in the second. Try it last week with England.
“I don’t think you’ll see this Trent in the two tests he’s going to see here,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead told reporters on Monday.
“It arrives on Friday, our planning and what we are doing with Trent is to get ready for the final of the World Test Championship.
“He’s been at home, he’s had bowling alleys there for a week, after a pretty good isolation time at the end of the IPL,” he added.
“But the view we have with Trent right now is that he’s unlikely to play in the test at Edgbaston. And he’s likely to be only for the one-time test.”
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