Trent Boult was seen in action in the MCG nets where he bowled for almost an hour. At the end of the session, he claimed that he was feeling fine and that the chances for his return for the Boxing Day Test were high.
The New Zealand fast bowler suffered a muscle strain on the side of the ribs and as a result, missed the first Test against Australia. However, his recovery was properly tracked and was also monitored daily. There was also the gap of 10-days between both the Tests which allowed Trent Boult the time to recover and get some action in the practice game against Victoria to ease his transition.
“It’s about being confident with the overs under my belt and having enough behind me,” Boult said. “Feel like I’m in that place and ticking the right boxes. It’s a day-by-day thing, it’s about getting through each session. As I’m tracking right now, touch wood it keeps going that way. I’m very eager to get out there.
“It’s nice to have seven or eight days. I’ll be using it the best I can. It will be nice to get some cricket but guess they’ll make a call as late as they can.”
While it’s true that New Zealand heavily missed the services of Boult, they were also hurt by the sudden injury to Lockie Ferguson on the very first day. This implies extra responsibility on the shoulders of Neil Wagner and Tim Southee.
Boult is expected to replace the injured Lockie Ferguson in Melbourne, a venue New Zealand hasn’t played in 30 years. Trent, however, feels ready for the occasion and is a challenge he is expected to embrace with confidence.
“I don’t want to ignore it, I want to embrace it, appreciate that stage for what it is,” Boult said. “Test cricket is my favorite format and this is a stage a lot of people dream of being on so to get this opportunity in my career is something I’m looking forward to. If I can tick all the right boxes with my body, I can’t wait.”
The second Test will begin on December 26. Australia currently leads the series 1-0.
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