The excitement levels in the New Zealand camp are at their peak as the Kiwis brace themselves to take on Australia. The Blackcaps are desperate to inflict wounds on the Australians after suffering a 2-0 series loss against the same opponents Down Under. Trent Boult will undoubtedly be New Zealand’s trump card as in conditions assisting him, he is simply lethal.

The left arm pace sensation admitted that he was eager to excel against the Australians. Boult also termed the series against Australia as the “pinnacle”. “The battles between the Aussies and us – it is very exciting,” Boult said. “We’ll focus on the next couple of games, but we’re all aware of what’s to come. That series is going to be very important. If I can keep ticking the right boxes and finding a bit of form leading into the Test matches, I think I’ll be pretty happy.”

“I can’t think of a better challenge to see where we are in terms of our Test game and our one-day game than to play Australia,” Boult said. “It’s definitely going to be very exciting from our end as well – to have them here in our home conditions. We’ve been putting some pretty good performances on board over the last week, and now the big test is to put it up against one of the best teams in the world,” he added.

 

Despite having a forgettable outing in Australia, Boult said that it was a learning curve for him. “The Australia tour was a good learning curve for me,” he said. “To come back here – I haven’t played a heck of a lot of cricket to be honest. Each game was kind of getting better for me. I was definitely a lot happier with how it was yesterday. To get a few late wickets was very satisfying.”