ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Trent Boult Reveals Their Biggest Challenge In The World Cup
In the perfect swing bowling condition, New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult’s top-class bowling helped New Zealand to claim a solid victory against India in the first pre-World Cup warm-up game at The Oval (London). Boult believes that this victory will give them confidence at the beginning of the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
On Saturday (25th May), Trent Boult’s brilliant bowling performance helped New Zealand to bundle out the strong Indian batting line-up for just 179 runs (39.2 overs). In his first three overs of that match, Boult took his first three wickets of the match. After dismissing both the openers Rohit Sharma (2 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (2 runs) in his first two overs respectively, Boult bowled the no.4 batsman KL Rahul (6 runs) in his third over.
Later, at the end of that innings, Boult took the last wicket of that innings as he dismissed Kuldeep Yadav (19 runs) through the caught and bowled. He finished with the bowling figures of 6.2-1-33-4.
In reply, Kane Williamson’s 67 runs and Ross Taylor’s 71 runs guided the New Zealand team to the comfortable victory. New Zealand chased down that target in 37.4 overs after losing four wickets (180/4).
The biggest challenge will be when it’s not swinging and not nipping around a little bit – Trent Boult
Loving that swinging condition, Boult also reminded that their biggest challenge would be in batting friendly wickets. However, he also claimed that this victory would give them the confidence to start the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
After that warm-up match, Boult told ICC, “Nice to see it swinging around a little bit.
“I’d love to expect that everywhere, some good wickets around the country. It’s going to be a good challenge, but us as a bowling unit, we’re definitely looking forward to it, but we’ll take some confidence out of today.
“But yeah, the biggest challenge will be when it’s not swinging and not nipping around a little bit. Then how do we take wickets? So we’ll look at that.”
In recent ODIs, the batting sides have dominated in the English conditions. Boult believes that the early wickets are the key to restrict the opposition batsmen.
He added, “We know what early wickets does to the batting side.
“We want to be as aggressive as we can to try and get into any team’s batting order, so we know if we get two or three wickets at the top of the order, it puts a lot of pressure on the opposition. That is the basic plan, and for me, it’s about pitching the ball up and swinging the ball around as much as it can.”
The ball hasn’t really swung around as much since the last Cricket World Cup – Trent Boult
The upcoming Cricket World Cup will be Boult’s second Cricket World Cup experience. In the previous edition (2015), while New Zealand finished as the runners-up, Boult was the joint most wicket-taker in that tournament. He and the Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc both claimed 22 wickets in that tournament.
Since then, the ball hasn’t swung much in ODIs, according to Trent Boult. However, he hasn’t made any predictions of 500+ plus total in an ODI innings.
He said, “The ball hasn’t really swung around as much since then, but I don’t know if I’m going to make any drastic calls like someone’s going to make 500.”
New Zealand will play their second and final pre-World Cup warm-up game against Windies on 28th May at Bristol.
After that match, New Zealand will begin their 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup journey on 1st June. In their first match of the tournament, New Zealand will face Sri Lanka at Cardiff.
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