New Zealand in England 2013 May 30, 2013

Butler replaces Boult for Champions Trophy


Trent Boult has been ruled out of the one-day series against England and the Champions Trophy due to a side strain. Ian Butler has been called into the New Zealand squad, in Boult's place, for the two tournaments.*

Left-arm pacer Boult picked up the injury early in England's second innings at Headingley where he bowled just two overs. An MRI scan on Wednesday confirmed the initial diagnosis of a muscle tear in his right side and he is expected to make a full recovery in six to eight weeks.

Boult was one of New Zealand's standout performers in the Test series against England, taking 5 for 57 in the first innings of the second Test, and could have been a threat in the one-day matches although his record of six wickets in eight matches means he was by no means a certain starter with the return of Kyle Mills and Mitchell McClenaghan.

Butler does not have far to travel to link up with the squad as he was already in the UK playing for the Lashings side. He hasn't played a one-day international since February 2010 although was recalled to the Twenty20 side to face England earlier this year. In 26 ODIs he has 28 wickets at 37.07.

Boult is the second player from New Zealand's one-day squad to be hit by injury after Andrew Ellis suffered a fractured rib and was replaced by Doug Bracewell.

Although the injuries are not ideal for New Zealand they are able to welcome back plenty of experience to their one-day squad as they aim to recover from the two heavy Test defeats at Lord's and Headingley. Mills, Grant Elliott and James Franklin are back in the mix, but the most significant return could be that of Daniel Vettori who New Zealand attempted to have ready for the second Test before both parties conceded it wouldn't be possible.

Vettori, who played his previous ODI at the 2011 World Cup, does not believe the outcome of the Test series will have much bearing on the limited-overs leg of the tour and drew on New Zealand's previous experiences in England of 2004 and 2008 when they responded by winning the one-day series which followed the Tests.

"This is a completely different format and there's a more comfortable feel with the one-day matches," he said. "The guys know their game and have put in some good performances - looking back to that South African series, of recent note.

"So I think the guys go into this format a lot more comfortable, and that's been the same for a number of years. There's a lot of experienced one-day internationals coming back into the team. I think that helps ... a lot of the guys feel pretty good about their one-day game."

*09.15GMT, May 31: This article has been updated after news of the ICC's technical committee approval of Ian Butler arrived

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    @AKS286, please do not ever mention Nicol in any furture NZ lineup again, the man is useless at international level and we've made the mistake of picking him too often I think.

    Milne or Henry (preferably both) should be in this squad. It is ridiculous to think that Ian Butler has been brought in for Boult, rather than Milne or Henry. Andrew Ellis should never have been picked, and Franklin is simply not good enough for the 50 over game. We continue to make silly choices like these, and then wonder why we never make it to the final? Change the management.

  • jared on June 1, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Big loss losing boult, he has troubled all the english batters and how well he bowls with southee is a key partnership. I agree with most here, how exciting would it be to have milne humming the ball down over 145kms or henry's seam and swing movement on that impossible length he bowls, very mcgrath like, i do think the selectors are right not to bring them in for an important competition like the champions trophy, they are a bit green yet but the next series these two are a must looking foward to the world cup. Also think a straight swap of corey anderson for elliot and jimmy neesham for franklin is also a move in the right direction.

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Alright people. Milne should be in the squad, as should Henry (in place of Bracewell and Butler.) However, neither should be playing unless there are injuries or really bad form, since Southee, Mills and McClenaghan are a pretty decent line up. Problem lies with the all-rounder's slot. Elliott and Franklin have modest records at best (31 bat, 33 bowl and 24 bat, 40 bowl.) Find a decent pace-bowling all rounder like Oram back in the day (before he was a pansy), Astle, Cairns or even McMillan (bit of a stretch, but he was a reasonable bat.) Batting looks better than the Test one, but still suspect against good swing bowling and nobody seems to be able to play offspin any more

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Why not Neil Wagner!! He could have given a go here as he was impressive in the tests in English condition.

  • Anupam on May 31, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    This is not good news for NZ. Fitness & injury is always being an issue. Buttler is not that same which we saw earlier. His pace & line length was not up to the mark. Gillespie is the best man to replace Boult. I think NZ will go for Southee, Mills, McClenghan. Franklin will do the 4th seamer job. the question is who will spin Bruce or Nathan ? Nicol, Fulton, Guptill, Taylor, Brendon, Ronchi, Franklin, Southee, Mills, McClenghan, Bruce/Nathan.

  • Ed on May 31, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    I think Butler got the nod this time around to save on airfares. That is good news for Jeetan Patel if Dan Vettori continues to struggle. TV exposure in last night's Warwickshire win wouldn't have done Patel any harm either.

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    maybe elliot is staying until we have a new batsman to play at 5 eg nicholls from canterbury who is buiding a decent record but probably shud spend some time in england. matt henry definetly deserves to go to bangladesh though in either limited overs or test probably ahead of milne which is saying something about our depth

  • Andrew on May 31, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Agree fully with Ed Fuller. Surely Matt Henry should have a spot, and should have had a spot ahead of at least one of Franklin, Ellis or Elliott.

  • P on May 31, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Agree also that Milne should playing. He was playing well in the Last ODI matches before he got injured. Good young bowler like Milne needs to play if fit , as NZ require a fast bowler in the mix.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Would of thought this would be a great opportunity to bring in 21 year old Canterbury fast bowler Matt Henry. He topped the Ford Trophy wicket table with 23 wickets at 12. Looked good in the NZ A T20 verse England, and can smash a few sixes when needed. Should have been in the squad right from the word go in my opinion.

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