New Zealand pacer Trent Boult is all but set to miss the second and final Test of the series against England which starts on November 29. The 30-year-old walked off the field on the final day of the Test after bowling just one over due to pain in his ribs. The result of the MRI is yet to come out but NZ’s head coach Gary Stead has hinted that the team management will not risk him.
With New Zealand set to tour Australia next month, Black Caps would want a fit Boult for the series, another reason why they would not risk the pacer.
An official update on Boult’s fitness will come out tomorrow which will also confirm whether he is in doubt for Australia tour. One of Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson will replace Boult in the playing XI.
Henry has played 10 Tests so far in which he has 17 wickets. The right-arm pacer, who made his Test debut in 2015, had played his previous Test against Bangladesh earlier this year.
Ferguson, on the other hand, earned his maiden Test call-up for the England series. He was released before the series-opener to play domestic cricket and might not get his debut cap at home. Given his extra pace, Ferguson might be handed his debut in Australia.
Hosts New Zealand are leading the two-match series 1-0. Riding on BJ Watling’s maiden double-century, the home side registered 615 in response to England’s first innings score of 353.
England managed to stretch their innings to the final session on day 5 but lost the remainder of the two wickets on consecutive balls off Neil Wagner, who scalped a five-for in the second innings.
The second Test wll is played at Seddon Park in Hamilton. After the completion of the series, New Zealand will head to neighbouring Australia while England team will head to South Africa after a break of a week.