Trent Boult, one of the world’s finest ODI bowlers, could make a comeback for New Zealand at the ODI World Cup later this year. Despite not having a national contract, Boult has expressed his availability for the tournament. The Black Caps coach, Gary Stead, is optimistic about Boult’s inclusion in the squad, citing his exceptional skills and ranking as one of the best ODI bowlers globally.
Last year, Boult opted out of a New Zealand Cricket contract to play in the Big Bash League in Australia. As a result, he wasn’t offered a central deal this year but signed a “casual playing agreement” with New Zealand Cricket. Stead believes Boult’s return to the team, alongside Tim Southee, will strengthen their bowling attack for the World Cup in India.
Boult’s impressive record speaks for itself, with 187 wickets in ODIs and 74 wickets in T20 internationals. Despite not featuring in recent Test matches against England and Sri Lanka, he represented the Black Caps in the 2022 Twenty20 World Cup. Stead also mentioned the possibility of Boult returning to the Test squad for future series against South Africa and Australia, although discussions are ongoing due to his commitments to other leagues.
The addition of Boult would significantly enhance New Zealand’s chances at the ODI World Cup. His experience, skill, and ability to trouble even the best batsmen make him a vital asset.