New Zealand’s star bowler Trent Boult has been ruled out of the
remainder of the England tour due to injury. The 25 year old will now head back to New Zealand for further assessment, with the initial prognosis suggesting a stress fracture in his back.
The full extent of the injury is still not known as the medical team of the Black Caps is yet to analyse the scans. Though, this is a big loss for the World Cup finalists seeing the great form he was in.
Boult showed his excellence as a junior player and was invited for New Zealand A’s winter training squad in 2007 and was picked for the next year’s U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in February 2008. He took 11 wickets at an astonishing average of 10.90 with 7 for 20 being his best.
His consistent performances at the domestic level, thanks to his ability to swing the ball both ways at pace, earned him a spot for the Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia. Boult’s debut test against Australia at Hobart was a historic one where New Zealand defeated Australia by 7 runs. He had performed reasonably well taking 4 wickets in the match, Michael Hussey being his first test victim.
Since then he has grown as a bowler and its not wrong to call him the spearhead of New Zealand’s bowling attack. He had an excellent world cup, where he picked up 22 wickets from 9 matches. He continued his good form and scalped 13 in the 2 test matches and 6 wickets in the 2 one dayers.
Boult has bowled with great guile and pace and his loss would leave a dent in the New Zealand’s bowling attack. Lets see how this affects the outcome of the ODI series (tied at 1-1) which still has 3 more matches to go.