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November 5, 2017 Trent Boult News
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Boult snapped up four for 34 off four overs in Saturday's T20I victory over India.
Chasing 197, India's batsmen certainly have the talent to chase that down, but Boult and the New Zealand attack made sure they wouldn't come anywhere close. The four-for was his best bowled innings in a T20I and his first four-for in 16 innings in the format. An excellent first-class bowler, Boult is figuring out how to translate that into limited-overs success, taking a four-for in the first ODI against India as well.
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Fantasy AnalysisAfter bowling well in the first tune-up against a side mixed in with some internationals, Boult carried his strong form into the ODI series, taking four or more wickets for the first time since taking six in February against Australia. Boult's restrictive bowling helped guide his side to a manageable chase, which they completed with six wickets in hand to put them in the ascendancy in the three-match series.
Fantasy AnalysisThis year, since taking six for 33 against Australia in February, Boult has struggled in limited-overs cricket, taking just five wickets over his last six matches, but seemed to find his form against an Indian Board President's XI that was filled was one-day regulars. He was pretty good in the tune-ups for the Champions Trophy and didn't live up to his initial performances during the tournament itself. He'll look to keep up his form in the three-match series, beginning October 22.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult produced his best spell in his five matches for Knight Riders this season. The New Zealand international outed Indians opener Lendl Simmons for zero in the third over of the match before dismissing Kieron Pollar for 13 in the 20th. The left-arm swing bowler bowled 13 dot balls, the most for any bowler in the match. He finished with Kolkata's second-best economy rate of 7.50 behind Ankit Rajpoot's 4.66 from his three overs.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult has yet to recover fully from the injury he sustained in the first Test in Dunedin and will not take the field in the third. The left-armed paceman's absence will leave New Zealand with only two starting quicks in Neil Wagner and Matt Henry, after Tim Southee was ruled out with a hamstring tear. "Trent did everything possible to get himself ready for this Test and is extremely disappointed to be missing out," selector Gavin Larsen told ESPN Cric Info. "While he has made good progress, after training yesterday we spoke with medical staff and it was agreed that Trent required a little further time to be ready for the demands of Test cricket."
Fantasy AnalysisHaving injured his leg during the fourth day of the first test in Dunedin, Boult was unable to bowl in the third session of the day after the tea break. Boult will be replaced by Tim Southee who missed out on the second test due to the New Zealand opting to play the two spinners, Mitchell Santner and Jeetan Patel. Boult has the potential to be a big loss for the Blackcaps as Proteas captain Faf du Plessis said, "He's a fantastic bowler and a huge loss for them."
Fantasy AnalysisBoult will travel with the squad ahead of their second Test despite being forced off the field on day 4 with hip pain. The 27-year-old swing bowler collected figures of four for 64 in the first innings of the match and one for 34 in the second before leaving the ground. New Zealand have plenty of fast bowling depth though, Tim Southee remains in the squad despite missing the XI for the first Test, he is joined by Matt Henry who has been called up for the second.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing the early wicket of Stephen Cook, Boult went wicketless for over 20 hard working overs before he was eventually again rewarded for his toil with three quick wickets on the second day of the test. The left-armer finished with figures of four wickets for 64 runs from 32.4 overs. Ending with an economy rate of under two per over.
Fantasy AnalysisThe left-hand pace bowler picked up the wickets of the three top-scorers for South Africa, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, and Dwaine Pretorius. The last wicket, stopping Pretorius in full tilt, essentially ended the game and took the win for New Zealand. Boult finished with figures of three for 63 from 10 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisThe left-arm pace bowler was a shining light amongst the otherwise average New Zealand bowlers. While South Africa scored 185 in their 20 overs with a run rate of 9.25 per over, Boult went for just eight runs from his maximum of four overs, an economy rate of two per over. Along with this, Boult picked up two wickets, which should have been three had Mitchell Santner took the catch of Hashim Amla that was dropped at backward point.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult earned man of the match honors with his first ever ODI six-wicket haul. The 27-year-old swing bowler removed two Australian batsman for zero, Peter Handscomb and James Faulkner. This marks Boult's second ODI five-wicket haul, the first coming against the same opposition in the 2015 ODI World Cup.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing up from taking five wickets in the first test against Bangladesh, which resulted in a New Zealand victory, Boult picked up four wickets in the first innings of the second test at Hagley Oval. His four wickets included three of the top five in Bangladesh's batting line-up. The left-armer finished with figures of four for 87 runs off 24 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult had been bowling well in the series to this point and his late spell did Bangladesh in while leaving more than enough time for a reply. After a difficult first innings that saw Boult take two for 131, one of the better figures of the innings as New Zealand conceded 595 while only taking eight wickets, Boult came back nicely to knock out Taskin Ahmed, Sabbir Rahman (who had been the danger man to that point) and Subashis Roy to end the innings and left the Black Caps 57 overs to score 217.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult made early in-roads against the Australian side, picking up the wickets of Aaron Finch and Steve Smith for scores of three and zero. He finished with figures of three wickets off 10 overs, conceding 49 runs. His run out of David Warner came off the last ball of the innings from his own bowling.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult started off the third ODI quite well, bowling his first five overs for just 19 runs. If it wasn't for Virat Kohli, Boult's figures might have looked a little more respectable. The left-arm quick was taken for 18 runs off his final over, all by Kohli. The last time Boult went wicketless in an ODI was Jan. 15, 2015, or 23 matches ago.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult was the other half of New Zealand's dynamic bowling duo, claiming three wickets in short succession at the tail end of the Indian batting order. Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami all fell to the left-arm bowler in the 84th, 86th and 88th overs respectively, Saha and Shami bowled out. The quick demolition left the hosts in a tough position at stumps, nine for 291.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving recently dropped his pace in comparison to the 2014-15 season, the first innings for New Zealand in the field was an encouraging one as Boult appeared to be somewhat back to his top form. He picked up the wickets of top order batsmen Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla, who both looked to be in good touch, with the ball to Amla being the ball of the day.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter suiting up in the two Tests and first two ODIs of the Black Caps' tour of England in late May and early June, Boult was diagnosed with the stress injury, which was accompanied by an indefinite recovery timetable. Fellow Kiwi Corey Anderson (back) is recovering from stress fractures of his own, with the aim of playing in the first Test in Australia in November. No matter, it remains to be seen when Boult will be able to pick up a ball.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult played in both Tests and the first two of five ODIs, but in Friday's match, he suffered what was eventually deemed a stress injury in his back. His spot on the Black Caps was covered in the most recent ODI by Ben Wheeler, who will likely be considered as the permanent replacement after he took three for 63 off his 10 overs. Nevertheless, Boult will return to New Zealand for further evaluation and likely won't play for the national side again until the start of the tour of South Africa on Aug. 14.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first ODI since leading the World Cup with 22 wickets, Boult was used early and often, using all 10 of his overs by the 33rd over. In the course of the match, he bowled Jason Roy on the first ball of the match and stopped Joe Root at 104. However, England took advantage of the Black Caps' lack of Tim Southee (rest) and cruised to a lofty 408 runs by the end of the first innings. Because he's taken his 34 scalps every 26.5 balls with a 4.16 economy rate in 16 ODIs this year, the seamer should be a great source once again Friday.
Fantasy AnalysisMaking his first appearance since May 2, Boult showed some rust after a three-game absence. In particular, his overs early and in the death were picked on, as he was bombed for 33 runs on three fours and three sixes. However, the middle overs provided the reward in the form of Glenn Maxwell's wicket via an outer edge to keeper Naman Ojha. With two games left on the Sunrisers' slate, Boult will aim to build upon his nine wickets, which have been toppled every 18.6 balls.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Player of the Match started well, bowling Manan Vohra in his second over and removing the dangerous Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel in his second spell. Boult bowled 14 dot balls, leading to an outstanding economy rate of 4.75. This performance couldn't have come at a better time, as he vies with Dale Steyn for the fast bowling position in the Sunrisers team. With the restriction of only four internationals in a team for any one match, it is unlikely, though not impossible, for both bowlers to play.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter taking five wickets for 20.20 and an economy rate of 8.41 through Hyderabad's first three games of IPL8, Boult was given the day off in favor of fellow pacer Dale Steyn. It remains to be seen if captain David Warner will chose the pair in the same match in this tournament. In any case, Wednesday's match will include at least one of Boult or Steyn.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult has yet to take to Indian pitches in his first IPL campaign, giving up at least 30 runs in all three games. However, his penchant for wickets has carried over from the World Cup, when he racked up 22 for 16.86. With five at a strike rate of 14.4, he ranks third among bowlers in this tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first year in the IPL, Boult has struggled with his bowling at the beginning of innings in both of his matches so far. Although he took three wickets, they were all taken in his last over, the nineteenth of the first innings, when the batsmen are generally wielding the willow a little recklessly. His economy rate of 9.00 was a little over his T20 rate of 7.75, and his five wides meant the opposition got to face almost another over.
Fantasy AnalysisConsidering the onslaught faced by Sunrisers bowling unit, Boult handled himself well in the face of an in-the-zone Brendon McCullum and company. In his first three overs bowled, Boult surrendered merely 19 runs, including three fours. However, after taking the wicket of MS Dhoni and getting the run out of Ravindra Jadeja on back-to-back deliveries in Chennai's final over, Boult's last three balls to McCullum went for six, four, and one to bring his fellow Kiwi to his second IPL hundred. After his debut IPL appearance, Boult has downed 38 wickets for 27.94 while allowing 7.72 runs per over in 41 T20 innings.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter being a little expensive in the first match against Sri Lanka, Boult settled into a great rhythm for the rest of the campaign and ended up taking the second most wickets of any bowler. He has blossomed under the guidance of Shane Bond and takes great form into the IPL, where he'll represent Sunrisers Hyderabad. In his 25 ODI matches, he averages 25.00 with an economy rate of just 4.57. He also has two four-wicket and one five-wicket hauls in his international career.
Fantasy AnalysisWith the West Indies going at 8.19 runs an over, Boult was fantastic in keeping them to just 4.40 runs per over when he had the ball. He has taken 19 wickets in his seven World Cup games at just 14.63 with a superb economy rate of 4.21 to be one of premier bowlers at this tournament. He'll be in consideration for player of tournament honors if New Zealand go all the way.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult continued his good World Cup form, again getting an early breakthrough in the match at McLean Park. His economy rate was 3.40, bettering his career rate of 4.49. Boult, in tandem with Tim Southee, have set up nearly every New Zealand win with their fast-medium swing bowling.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult's opening spell wasn't stellar or a disaster, as he conceded 24 runs in his first five overs. Upon taking the ball again, he bulldozed five wickets in a three-over stretch, while recording three maidens in the last four overs. During the second innings, he was even required to face two deliveries once New Zealand's ninth wicket fell with six runs required to secure victory. He's now tallied at least one wicket in eight consecutive ODIs, with 18 total accompanied by a tidy 15.50 average and 3.92 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult supported the unstoppable bowling of Southee, producing 39 dot balls and conceding just one boundary. Their tight line and length has stifled opponents in the first 10 overs of each match of the World Cup so far, allowing an average of only 37 runs whilst picking up two wickets.
Fantasy AnalysisBoult bowled with pace and swing to leave Scotland at 2/1 after eight balls. He was able to pick up the wickets of Calum Macleod and Hamish Gardiner with swinging deliveries to capture both batsmen plumb in front. So far in this World Cup, Boult has taken four wickets in 16 overs at an average of 21.25, with an economy of 5.31 and a strike rate of 24.00.
Fantasy AnalysisThe left-arm quick entered the match with wickets taken in four consecutive matches, but his inability to quell Sri Lanka in the early going -- he yielded 27 runs from his first four overs -- didn't match up with Tim Southee's 4-1-10-0 after the 8th over. After conceding 15 more in the next two, Boult sent Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara to the showers in a span of three overs, keeping his wicket streak intact. Boult will now enter Tuesday's outing against Scotland with a 29.70 average and 4.56 economy rate in seven ODIs in 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisPrior to this performance in the unofficial ODI, Boult had taken wickets in his previous four encounters, taking eight wickets at 29.12 with an economy rate of 4.22 in home series' against Sri Lanka and Pakistan earlier in 2015. Boult is New Zealand's key strike bowler in this squad and his form would be pleasing to his side and his country.