Cricket: Boult's skills put to test in Bangladesh

By David Leggat

New Zealand Black Caps bowler Trent Boult. Photo / Brett Phibbs
New Zealand Black Caps bowler Trent Boult. Photo / Brett Phibbs

The days of Trent Boult, exclusively test bowler, are coming to an end.

The Northern Districts swing man hasn't been fancied as a short form bowler for a year, but he's back for the world T20 tournament in Bangladesh next month.

He's played only three T20 internationals, all against England last February, when his 10 overs produced two for 100. The last of eight ODIs was around then, too.

There was also a reluctance to take him away from his core job as New Zealand's cutting edge new ball test bowler. However, he is part of a four-strong specialist fast-medium group for Bangladesh. The selectors, Mike Hesson and Bruce Edgar, had earmarked him for a role during the home season in the short forms against either the West Indies or India, but a quad strain put paid to that.

The selectors have a group of around 12 players they have settled on.

Anton Devcich, opening candidate, fine fielder and handy left arm spinner; left arm spinner Ronnie Hira, also sharp in the field and a handy late hitter; and Boult are in.

Among the more interesting decisions to come will be settling on Martin Guptill's opening partner. Devcich is one obvious - and lefthanded - option, but so too is Kane Williamson.

"There's been progression in his [short form] game, especially with his shot selection and his strike rate, which is very good," Edgar said.

With Jesse Ryder gone, Guptill may be asked to take on that hitting role at the top.

Hira, Williamson and possibly Devcich provide spin support for Nathan McCullum and there's a phalanx of hitters through the middle order.

- NZ Herald

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