Trent Boult will not play in the second Test against South Africa.
Trent Boult will not play in this week’s second Test against South Africa at the Hagley Oval, as New Zealand is unwilling to risk injuring the fast bowler who hasn’t had enough training time to handle the workload of a Test match.
Boult was unable to attend New Zealand’s crushing first-test victory because he and his wife were expecting their third child. While the 32-year-old will train with the squad ahead of this week’s Test, he will next don the New Zealand jersey in June during the team’s tour of England, as New Zealand Cricket is expected to allow IPL-bound players to miss the series against the Netherlands.
Boult’s absence from the first Test paved the way for Matt Henry to be included in the XI, an opportunity he seizes spectacularly by taking a seven-fer in the first innings, setting the tone for New Zealand’s dominant victory by an innings and 276 runs – only their fifth win against South Africa.
With conditions in Christchurch expected to be similar for the second Test, New Zealand has decided against bringing in a specialist spinner, instead of sticking with the same 15-man squad. Allrounder Rachin Ravindra is still available should New Zealand require a spin option as they seek a historic first series victory over the Proteas, but Ajaz Patel has yet to return to Plunkett Shield after suffering an injury.