ENG vs NZ: England and New Zealand were involved in a gripping first Test match at Lord’s that ended in a draw on Sunday. The cricket fanatics got to witness some competitive action from the purest format of the game for a total of four days as the third day of the Test match was completely washed out and this played a major role in the game ending in a draw. However, in a massive recent update, New Zealand’s premier pacer Trent Boult could be available for the second and final ENG vs NZ Test starting from 10 June in Birmingham.
Originally, New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult flew back from the IPL to his hometown and he was supposed to be back only for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India as he had requested the board for some time-off with his family. However, Boult joined the national squad late last week and now he is likely to participate in the second Test against England due to the updated quarantine restrictions in the UK.
“There’s a chance. There’s a few things that have changed, the British Government has relaxed their quarantine stipulations, so Trent (Boult) is out of isolation three or four days earlier than we expected,” said New Zealand head coach Gary stead.
“The original plan we had in place with all the information we had at the time was that we weren’t going to play him in the second Test, but coming out of that isolation probably three days earlier than what we originally anticipated does put a slightly different spin on it. So we’ll weigh up the pros and cons and work out with Trent what we think is the best course forward to make sure he is fit and raring to go for that final,” he added.
New Zealand pace bowling attack comprising of Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme bowled excellently well in the first Test match against England at Lord’s. With Boult available for the second Test, there will be a big headache for the Kiwi team management. New Zealand head coach Gary Stead stated that a final call on the left-arm pacer’s selection will be taken in the next 48 hours.
“We still haven’t made a firm call on that, and we will give it the next 48 hours before we work out what we do with Trent in that second Test. Trent is more keen than he was a week ago and that’s because he’s over here now, he’s part of the environment. Probably right now it’s a bit early to make that call, he’s only been here 48 hours and probably still suffering a little bit of jet lag,” Stead concluded.
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