New Zealand news November 18, 2011

Trent Boult ready for Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Trent Boult has said playing in the first two rounds of the Plunket Shield has helped his preparation ahead of New Zealand's two-Test series in Australia in December. Boult, a 22-year-old left-arm quick, was the new face in New Zealand's 13-man Test squad that was announced on November 16.

"[I was] pretty disappointed that I didn't get selected in that squad [that played a one-off Test in Zimbabwe earlier this month]," Boult told APNZ. "But looking back it's been a good opportunity to get a bit more game-time and get my season underway with Northern Districts and obviously [I've] enjoyed a little bit of success there in those first couple of Plunket Shield rounds."

Boult picked up a career-best match haul of 8 for 74 against Auckland in the opening round, and then claimed three wickets in Northern Districts' win over Wellington.

This is not the first time he has been named in the national squad. Following a strong showing at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, he made it to the squad for the Chappell-Hadlee series in 2009 but did not get into the playing XI. A stress fracture of the back then put him out of cricket. He returned to the domestic circuit last year and finished third on the Plunket Shield's wicket-takers' table, with 32 scalps at 25.34. In July of this year, he was awarded a central contract by New Zealand Cricket.

"I took a lot of confidence out of completing a full first-class season with Northern Districts last year," Boult said. "The back's fine. I've come out of that.

"I was pretty young, pretty naive three years ago [when he was first picked for New Zealand]. Obviously playing cricket, and just getting that opportunity to play pretty decent cricket here in New Zealand and learn from that [has helped develop my game]."

Grant Bradburn, who coaches Boult at Northern Districts, said Boult is ready for international cricket. "He'll keep bustling in," Bradburn said. "He's very fit. He's very strong now and just grown a lot over the last couple of years; just filled out and grown a lot in terms of physical size.

"He's quick. He swings the ball. And the understanding of his own processes and his own bowling ... He's extremely professional and leads our [Northern Districts] guys in terms of that professionalism of just knowing how to look after himself and keeping himself in good tune."

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  • Blackbreath on November 20, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Ideal line up for the tests would be for New Zealand-Guptill,Ryder,Taylor,Williamson,Watling or Brownlie,Brendon McCullum,Vettori,R.Young,Bracewell/Boult,Southee,Martin.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    It's good to see youngsters in the team - however, it's also important to remember that we should surround them with older guys like mills, martin, tuffey etc in the team also for the time being, just to help them in their development and mentor them - otherwise under the tough pressures of international cricket they may "crash and burn"

    we all know happened to our batting once the likes of astle, fleming, mcmillan, cairns all retired the space of a few years.... look at india, they have good youngsters in their ranks, but they've all had the opportunity to be mentored and guided by the likes of dravid, tendulkar, laxman, dhoni etc... who seem to be around for ages and ages

    good luck to the black caps!!

  • roger on November 19, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    If he's as fit as they say, then bowl him from both ends. That way we can leave Chris Martin out of the side.

  • Will on November 19, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    @Gagg, Andre Adams and NZC don't have the best history. Unfortunately there's zero chance of him getting selected even though he's probably the best New Zealand fast bowler out there atm and as you say has been performing so well in County Cricket

  • Ross on November 18, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Great to see the Black Caps bringing through the youth of tomorrow, just a shame he plays for Cadets.

  • Garry on November 18, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    I would of gone the other way and picked the best domestic bowler in NZ regardless of age, the guy that got 11 wickets in that Auckland match and was one of the leading wicket takers over the last couple of county seasons. Then again I have always thought you pick the best players.

    Of course when all these young players don't turn out to be the godsent that people make them out to be then there will be more up and coming players to take their place. Rinse and repeat.

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    It's good to see the selectors giving the younger generation a chance. Hopefully though, they don't stuff them around like they have done in the past and give them time to settle in. Very soon, we'll have a pace attack consisting off Wagner, T. Boult, Bracewell and led by Southee and given a few years, can become a Wrold Class Bowling Attack!

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    i agree with the previous post,4 the 1st time in years new zealand has 13 or more really talented kids n we need to get them into the test team we have great young fast bowlers wagner,milne,boult,bracewell,southee, and sum young spinners in astle etc,batting we have williamson,flynn,brownlie,guptill is still young we have a great chance to move up the rankings please nz selectors dont stuff it up(martin,mills,tuffey,arnel,mckay,aldridge,mcintosh,ingram etc etc these guys should never play 4 nz again.

  • Bryn on November 18, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    good to see him in the squad, NZ need to introduce more young talent, batsmen in particular. adam milne should be playing and that neil wagner

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