Seamer Trent Boult still wants to play for New Zealand at this year’s World Cup and test next year, although he is giving up his central contract to spend more time with his family. The 33-year-old, who played one of the world’s most feared tempo attacks with Tim Southee in the last decade, has not played international cricket since he negotiated a “significantly reduced role” with the Black Caps in August.
“I still have a great desire to play for New Zealand,” Boult told Cricinfo in Jaipur, where he plays for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “It is what it is: I made my decision. I was fortunate to have a 13 year career in the Black Cap and hey I still have a huge desire to play in the Worlds as well.
“It’s such a great tournament… one hundred percent, I have this desire to be out there.” Boult was among the squad to finish runners-up in the last two 50-over World Cups and thought New Zealand would come in in October and November India to be a power again.
“We’re a great one-day team,” he added. “We have some players who have traveled to India and experienced the conditions a lot and that’s what matters at World Cups.” many years under these conditions.”
Boult was snubbed for New Zealand’s home Test series against England earlier this year, despite the hosts losing a number of fast bowlers to injury and the first Test taking place near his home of Mount Maunganui. “It felt bizarre,” he said. “Test match cricket was on a few miles down the road and I wasn’t there.”
The Pace spearhead said he hopes he didn’t play his last game for New Zealand in the longest format. “There are some big tests coming up next year. Australia and South Africa will travel to New Zealand. And Test cricket is still my favorite format.”
“They said if I did decide to come off that contract my time would be limited… and I’m pretty sure they’ve never let anyone play Test cricket who’s not under contract – that’s probably what makes it so difficult So.” (Editorial by Michael Perry)
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