Trent Boult Left Out Of T20I Series Against West Indies; Shane Bond Agrees With NZC's Decision

Trent Boult Left Out Of T20I Series Against West Indies; Shane Bond Agrees With NZC’s Decision

Trent Boult (Image Credit: IPL)

Trent Boult, New Zealand left-arm pacer will miss the three-match T20I series against the West Indies which starts with the first game in Auckland on November 27.

Trent Boult was in outstanding form with the ball for eventual IPL 2020 winners Mumbai Indians. He recently returned home after finishing his maiden stint with Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 where he bagged 25 wickets from 15 matches to finish as the 3rd-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2020 after Kagiso Rabada and teammate Jasprit Bumrah.

Trent Boult.
Trent Boult. Image Credit: IPL.

Trent Boult And Kane Williamson Rested For T20Is But Will Return In Tests

Both Trent Boult and batsman Kane Williamson have been rested for the 3 T20Is against West Indies, but both of them will return for the 2 match Test series. Kane Williamson scored 317 runs from 12 games averaging 45.28 for SunRisers Hyderabad.

After missing the 3-T20I series against the Windies, the left-arm pacer will return to New Zealand to play the 2 Tests which starts from December 3 in Hamilton. Captain Kane Williamson has also been rested for the T20Is but will be back for the Tests. Tim Southee will lead the Kiwis in Kane Williamson’s absence.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Trent Boult recently returned home from the United Arab Emirates where the IPL was held entirely after coronavirus outbreak which prompted BCCI to shift the IPL abroad after being postponed.

Trent Boult, plying his trade with MI was in superb form with the ball and bagged 25 wickets in MI’s triumphant campaign which saw them defend the title and add a fifth trophy in their cabinet.

Trent Boult Needed To Get Home Spending Time With Family: Shane Bond

Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has backed the decision to rest pacer Trent Boult from the upcoming home T20Is against the West Indies before another gruelling summer season.

Shane Bond, who is also the bowling coach at MI, is currently in managed isolation with Trent Boult in Christchurch and supported the decision for the pacer taking a small break before T20I series against Windies to spend some time with his family after being away from home for over two months due to recently-concluded IPL 2020.

“To fly out of here and go straight into games without seeing his family would have been a massive mistake. I think for his own sanity he needs to get home and spend a bit of time with his family before another busy summer,” Bond said.

Shane Bond
Shane Bond. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Trent Boult is currently training at a high-performance centre outside New Zealand’s Christchurch where he is focusing on his workload in Test cricket, something which he hasn’t played since the first week of March due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

“Part of the thinking of being here together in quarantine is to get a bit more volume in terms of overs under his belt. So it gives him a bit of time to get some volume here and in the week or two before the Test series against the West Indies starts,” added Bond, who is helping Boult with the training sessions.

New Zealand will play 3 T20Is, and 2 Tests against West Indies captained by Jason Holder in Tests and Kieron Pollard in T20Is.

New Zealand T20I Squad:

Tim Southee (c), Hamish Bennett, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor

New Zealand Test Squad:

Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young

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