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Trent Boult
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Trent Boult

New Zealand|Bowler
Trent Boult

INTL CAREER: 2011 - 2021

Full Name

Trent Alexander Boult

Born

July 22, 1989, Rotorua

Age

32y 95d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm fast medium

Playing Role

Bowler

relations

(brother)

TEAMS

Rated as one half of the best new-ball pair in New Zealand history by Sir Richard Hadlee, Trent Boult is a left-arm quick who presents a significant threat to batsmen around the world with an ability to move the ball both ways even in unresponsive conditions.

Born in the Bay of Plenty region in New Zealand's North Island, Boult is, in the words of his brother Jono, a "normal sort of Kiwi young guy… into his golf and fishing and surfing." Cricket, though, was his calling. He lived in a neighbourhood which included eventual New Zealand team-mates Kane Williamson and Doug Bracewell, and had the backing of a supportive household that also kept him grounded. Signs of his skill were evident even as a teenager. As a 17-year-old, he was named the fastest secondary school bowler in the country. A year later, he was representing New Zealand at the Under-19 World Cup.

The transition to senior cricket, though, was not quite seamless. Boult suffered a stress fracture of the back in 2009 which put him out of cricket for two years and taught him to concentrate on strength and conditioning. There was speculation that the injury was a consequence of tinkering with his bowling action. So, under the supervision of one of his idols, Shane Bond, Boult reverted to the action he had used as a boy and the results were more than promising. By 2015, he was capable of long spells without wavering too far below the 140kph mark. He became one of New Zealand's irreplaceable players across formats and one of many protagonists in the side's march to their first World Cup final in 2015.

Boult had a tough time breaking into the limited-overs sides at first, due to a perception that he doesn't move the white ball as much as the red one. But his effectiveness in Test cricket was too compelling to ignore: he raced past 100 wickets in his 29th match and in 2013, only two years since his debut, he was New Zealand's top-wicket taker. With Brendon McCullum placing a high premium on attacking cricket in the shorter versions as well and Boult proving himself as a bowler who preferred getting batsmen out rather than keeping them quiet, it was a perfect fit. Confirmation came in World Cup 2015 when he ended up the joint-leading wicket taker with 22 scalps in nine matches including 5 for 27 in an epic victory over Australia. His worth in T20 cricket was emphasised by a (approximately) $600,000 payday in the IPL.

Boult's strength, according to Northern Districts coach John Pamment, is that, "he's got a lovely wrist position and the fact that the wrist goes right behind the ball gives him that control." Another asset for Boult is friend and sounding board Tim Southee. When on song, their partnership makes for compelling viewing, not to mention telling numbers. In 2014, the pair picked up nearly half the wickets New Zealand took - 67 of 143 - en route to the side's most successful Test year, with five wins in nine matches.

The pair have both raced past 200 Test wickets and by 2019 occupy third and fourth on New Zealand's all-time Test wicket-taking list behind Hadlee and Daniel Vettori. Boult was again magnificent in the 2019 World Cup helping lead New Zealand's attack taking 17 wickets. He took a hat-trick against Australia, and the key wicket of Virat Kohli in the semi-final win over India. He bowled the last over and the Super Over in the tied final against England and without some misfortune he may have won the World Cup for his nation.

Boult is also among the few fast bowlers who are exceptional fielders, and has a particular knack for one-handed blinders.
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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test731391627180802926/3010/8027.672.9755.71681
ODI9393511742611697/347/3425.214.9930.2850
T20I34347551074464/344/3423.348.5316.4100
FC10819622307109974086/3010/8026.952.9554.619161
List A122120655654902117/347/3426.015.0231.01050
T20135135295440741544/184/1826.458.2719.1200
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test73864268752*15.61118757.87016830390
ODI93402315921*9.3521374.6400156340
T20I341052885.603873.680020130
FC1081285211406115.00210054.280212345550
List A122542821421*8.2329273.2800196440
T2013530195885.278270.730021520
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
New Zealand vs Australia--2/1318-Oct-2021Tolerance OvalOTHERT20
Mumbai vs Sunrisers0*1/3008-Oct-2021Abu DhabiT20
Mumbai vs Royals--0/2405-Oct-2021SharjahT20
Mumbai vs Capitals--1/2402-Oct-2021SharjahT20
Mumbai vs Punjab Kings--0/3028-Sep-2021Abu DhabiT20

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Photos


Trent Boult and Rohit Sharma celebrate the fall of Jason Roy
Trent Boult and Jason Roy have an exchange, of sorts
Trent Boult celebrates after dismissing Axar Patel
Trent Boult struck first, removing Faf du Plessis for a duck
New Zealand's bowling unit (left to right), Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme, pose with the WTC mace
New Zealand's pace quarter, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, celebrate the World Test Championship win