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Trent Boult

'If I could do it over, I'd bowl a yorker'

Trent Boult talks about not beating England in Auckland and confesses to providing misleading information about himself

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

May 6, 2013

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Trent Boult leaps before delivery, Australia v New Zealand, second Test, Hobart, 3rd day, December 11 2011
Trent Boult: a Wasim Akram fan © Getty Images
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Do you still brood about the final over you bowled against Matt Prior in the third Test in Auckland?
It was frustrating to not get that final wicket. I know that the bowling group and myself had put in everything we could, especially on that last day. We tried as much as we could so. It was a case of being so near yet so far.

What were you thinking when you turned in to deliver that final ball?
I remember thinking: I have got to make him play. I knew I did not want to bowl a delivery at the sixth stump, which would be a waste of time. If I had my time again maybe I would have thrown in a yorker.

Define aggression.
When you can tell from someone's body language that he is in a fight and it is a battlefield out there. Dale Steyn is a perfect example of that. You can see the fire in his face, how much he is up for the occasion.

You have said Wasim Akram is one your idols. What did you like about his bowling?
I loved how he could move the ball. Those are the kind of skills I'm trying to do in my bowling: swing the ball as much as I can and bowl at a good clip. I just loved the way he moved the ball both ways with such control.

What is the most difficult thing to do for a left-arm fast bowler?
To move the ball consistently is the challenge.

What is the one rule you would like changed or brought into cricket?
Use DRS consistently across the game.

Tell us something we don't know about you.
My player page on ESPNcricinfo says that I would be a chef if not for cricket. That is not actually correct. During the Under-19 World Cup in 2008, I filled out a form and I tried to be funny, saying I wanted to be a chef. And it has stuck with me. I can't cook.*

Do you play golf?
My handicap is 4. Back in New Zealand I am a member of a local club. It helps me take my mind off cricket.

Has cricket ever given you sleepless nights?
Many. There was this interesting incident before my Test debut. I knew I was not playing. I turned up on the morning of the game and Daniel Vettori got injured and I only had about 30 minutes to gather my thoughts and get ready. In a way that worked out better rather than if I had known the night before that I was playing.

What has been your most embarrassing moment on the field?
When I was younger, my team needed two runs to win and we had something like ten overs left and I ran myself out. For some reason I was trying to win it in one ball.

Have you ever hit a winning six?
It came during the second match of the ODI series against India Under-19 in 2007. It all came down to the last ball and we needed six. I hit my first-ever six.

Have you ever met Sir Richard Hadlee?
Yes, a few times. His message has been to be consistent and to ask the right questions and ask them over a long time. He is a man who speaks about patience and hanging in there and having control.

* May 6 2013 12.45pm GMT The player profile has since been updated

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by dalboy12 on (May 6, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

He's a good player, a different sort of bowler he is very slight for a quick bowler. I know Dale Steyn isn't exactly a big guy, but he would be taller and have more bulk than Boult. Shows that you don't need to be a certain shape to bowl quick well (Boult gets it over 140km/h). I always thought cos he is small he would get injured a lot but he hasn't, he seems very fit and has done very well. Boult is also just one of a huge amount of left hander pace bowlers in NZ - we could easily field a very good bowling attack made up entirely of left hander bowlers. For Example ---- Wagner, Boult, McCleanhgan, Franklin, B.Martin. and there would still be some in reserve. I wonder if it has been done, a bowling team made up completely of left-handers.

Posted by Cricket24 on (May 6, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Trent Boult is one of the good things that has come out of New Zealand cricket in the past few months

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

@KK47...When the pith offers nothing?(Pace and swing).. His and southee's showing in the SL series in 2012 was indeed very impressive.. They swung the kookabura very well..espceially boult..EVen till the 40th-50th over.. Great prospects for NZ

Posted by YogifromNY on (May 6, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

I hope Boult develops further as a bowler and keeps learning from the greats like Sir Richard Hadlee and Wasim Akram. It will be great to have a competitive NZ cricket team in Test cricket. They are a scrappy, attractive lot as cricketers and their progress would be good for world cricket. (From an Indian supporter based in the US).

Posted by   on (May 6, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

I wager Boult'll have it over Ali Cook a few times this summer.

Posted by jackthelad on (May 6, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

If he is talking to Hadlee, he is talking to the right man. One of the finest, most consistent quick bowlers it has been my privilege to watch.

Posted by StevieS on (May 6, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

I remember watching him at the u19 world cup some years back and thinking this guy is going to go far. I am so hoping England serve us up some greentops for the test series.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (May 6, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

Trent Boult to me is the leader of our attack, in my opinion he has overtaken southee and is our number one go to guy for test cricket, southee has it all over him in the shorter versions though. Our pace bowling stocks are amazing at the moment, maybe second only to south africa, shame we can't say the same about our batting, but with the likes of Milne, Henry, Small, McClenaghan all yet to play test cricket our stocks are very rich indeed, these guys are very good, fuller also impressed for otago but im not sure if he is a kiwi or not can anyone fill me in? If we can get ish sohdi up to scratch as a spinner we will have something south africa doesn't a good spinner and a complete attack.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (May 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Remind yourself of the advice u got from Sir Richard, Boult. Nothing will help u to succeed better than those words.

Posted by KK47 on (May 6, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

No nonsense bowler. Pace and swing he has but can he do well when the pitch offers none of the above? For the sake of NZ cricket, I hope he can.

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