New Zealand’s pace bowling spearhead Trent Boult is unlikely to be part of the T20I series against India. The left-arm pacer had suffered a broken right hand during the second Test of the series against Australia which forced him to miss the third Test.
Gary Stead, NZ’s head coach, hinted that Boult could miss the T20I series. Although he is expected to be fit for the ODIs and Test matches that follow. “Boult has been resting his broken right-hand and will return to bowling later this week,” he said.
Tim Southee, who was surprisingly rested for the third Test against Australia, could be back in the scheme of things in ODIs. Despite being part of the ODI team, he isn’t a regular in the playing XI and is expected to lead the pace attack in Boult’s absence.
Apart from Boult, Kiwis are also sweating over the fitness of Tom Latham. He isn’t expected to be part of the ODI series, which start on February 5. Latham, as per Stead, will be fit for the two-Test series that starts on February 21.
The left-handed batsman had suffered a broken finger while attempting a catch of Marnus Labuschagne in the third Test. Tom Blundell is expected to make his ODI debut against India.
The right-handed batsman was a part of the World Cup 2019 squad but wasn’t handed a debut cap. He recently played a Test after two years, replacing Jeet Raval in the playing XI against Australia. He scored a century in the second Test but managed 34 and 2 in the third Test.
The India tour of New Zealand kicks off on January 24, with Eden Park in Auckland hosting the first T20I on January 24. The venue will also host the second T20I on January 26. Hamilton, Wellington and Mount Maunganui will host the next three T20Is on January 29, 31 and February 2, respectively.
Following the three T20Is, the two teams will play three ODIs on February 5, 8 and 11. Team India will prepare for the Test matches with a first-class fixture against New Zealand XI. Wellington and Christchurch will host the two Test matches, starting on February 21 and 29.