New Zealand a left-arm pacer Trent Boult reached the prestigious milestone of 300 Test wickets on Monday. On the second day of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval, Boult achieved the feat after taking 5/43 in 13.2 overs.
Boult’s 300th wicket in Test cricket came when he dismissed Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Apart from Mehidy, Boult claimed the wickets of Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das, and Shoriful Islam to clinch his eleventh five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Bangladesh were bowled out for 126 on day two, conceding a 395-run advantage to the hosts.
Boult joined the elite club comprising Daniel Vettori, Sir Richard Hadlee, and his current teammate Tim Southee, who are among the few New Zealand cricketers who have taken 300 Test wickets, becoming the fourth cricketer and the third New Zealand player to enter the club. He’d end the day with a 301, completing his eleventh Test match five-for in the process of bowling Bangladesh out for a meagre total of 126.
“To join him [Southee] and Daniel and Sir Richard is very special,” Boult said. “I think we met towards the end of under-17s cricket. I’m always learning from him, I think he has an incredible work ethic and his record speaks for itself. That comes from a lot of hard yards and his desire to be better every day. It’s always a great feeling when both of us are taking wickets and really enjoying it.”
On the second day of the Christchurch Test, Boult and Southee were the main architects of Bangladesh’s surrender, dividing the four wickets that reduced the visitors to 12/4 in response to New Zealand’s 521 for 6. The left-arm bowler, who has the most wickets at the Hagley Oval (53), credits the wind for his and his team’s performance.
“I am generally trying to pitch the ball up. Get a bit of movement in the air,” Boult said. “The wicket offers a bit of bounce. It has a good grass covering. The wind is the big thing for us as a bowling unit. It is generally left to right. It suits me and Timmy nicely, and then [Neil] Wagner and KJ [Kyle Jamieson] come in behind to do the stuff they do.”
“That’s the beauty of Test cricket. The little subtleties that come with different grounds, winds. The wicket obviously offers a bit of bounce with grass on it. I thought the way the boys started, to get a couple of wickets early, not really letting up on the pressure, I suppose we did what we spoke about. It is simply to get them playing on the front foot, and bowl for each other at each end. Only half the job done but it was a satisfying afternoon.”