New Zealand speedster Trent Boult is in line to feature in the second Test at Edgbaston starting June 10 between New Zealand and England after missing the first match. Black Caps coach Gary Stead revealed the news on Monday.
Gary Stead said that due to the relaxed quarantine protocols in the UK, Trent Boult has been allowed to train after immediately arriving. Boult joined the New Zealand squad just last week and started training with the team. Stead indicated that the player, who was originally slated to play directly in the ICC World Test Championship final, might now star in the 2nd Test against England.
“There’s a chance. There’s a few things that have changed, the British Government has relaxed their quarantine stipulations, so Trent (Boult) is out of isolation three or four days earlier than we expected,” Gary Stead said post the conclusion of the first match.
“The original plan we had in place with all the information we had at the time was that we weren’t going to play him in the second Test, but coming out of that isolation probably three days earlier than what we originally anticipated does put a slightly different spin on it. So we’ll weigh up the pros and cons and work out with Trent what we think is the best course forward to make sure he is fit and raring to go for that final.”
The NZ coach further added that they are yet to take the final call on Boult’s inclusion in the playing XI if the match at Edgbaston.
After the Indian Premier League (IPL) was postponed owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases among players and staff, all the IPL-bound New Zealand players flew directly to England for the Test series that started on June 2. However, Boult flew back home to be with his family, causing him to be ruled out of the England Test series.
However, with the updated protocols in the UK, the pace ace might make a surprise entry in the final game.