Trent Boult back in New Zealand ODI squad for England tour | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pacer Trent Boult is poised to make his return to the international cricket scene as he secured a spot in the New Zealand ODI squad, as announced on Wednesday.

The squad is scheduled to take on England in September as part of the preparations leading up to the impending World Cup.
Boult, 34, is gearing up to participate in his first 50-overs international match in over a year, following his inclusion in the 15-member squad designated to face England.

His absence from the Black Caps’ lineup last year stemmed from his decision to decline a central contract in order to participate in Australia’s lucrative Big Bash League.
With his reentry into the squad and his alignment with a “casual playing agreement” with New Zealand Cricket earlier in the year, Boult is on track to make a significant impact on the forthcoming ODI World Cup set to take place in India in October.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said it was “great to welcome Trent back into our ODI unit as he begins his preparation towards the World Cup”.
Boult is one of the world’s best ODI bowlers, having taken 187 wickets at that level and a further 74 for his country in Twenty20 cricket.
Kyle Jamieson, who has taken 72 wickets in 16 Tests, also returns to the New Zealand white ball squad after a back injury.
Batter Tom Latham captains an experienced side that includes Test skipper Tim Southee, who is set to resume his bowling partnership with Boult.
New Zealand play four ODI internationals against England between September 8 and 15.
Stead said England will provide a good test for New Zealand heading into the ODI World Cup.
“England has been an impressive white ball side for quite some time and we’re excited to be taking them on at home on the eve of the World Cup,” he added.
Kane Williamson, who ruptured knee ligaments in April, will train with the New Zealand squad in England as part of his rehabilitation.
The Black Caps also play three Twenty-20 against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from August 17-20 as well as four T20 matches against England from August 30 to September 5.
New Zealand also has a three-game ODI series in Bangladesh at the end of September.
New Zealand ODI squad to play England:
Tom Latham (captain), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Will Young

(With inputs from AFP)

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