Trent Boult

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Trent Boult
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Personal information
Full name Trent Alexander Boult
Born (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 25)
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Role Opening Bowler, Lower order batsman
Relations JJ Boult (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 253) 9 December 2011 v Australia
Last Test 3 January 2015 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 174) 11 July 2012 v West Indies
Last ODI 23 January 2015 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Northern Districts
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 30 13 60 40
Runs scored 322 52 662 101
Batting average 16.94 13.00 14.08 8.41
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 52* 21* 52* 21*
Balls bowled 6,298 651 11,304 1,982
Wickets 110 14 206 53
Bowling average 27.39 38.42 25.90 31.49
5 wickets in innings 3 0 9 0
10 wickets in match 1 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/40 4/44 6/40 4/38
Catches/stumpings 11/– 1/– 25/– 11/–
Source: CricketArchive, 23 January 2015

Trent Alexander Boult (born 22 July 1989) is a New Zealand cricketer. Born in Rotorua, Boult is a left–arm medium–fast opening bowler and a right–handed batsman.[1] He accompanied the New Zealand A team on their winter training tour in 2007.[2]

On 9 February 2007, Boult took two wickets for 28 runs and scored seven not out against India's Under–19 team.[3] He then travelled to Malaysia in February 2008 for the Under–19 World Cup.

On 21 January 2009, Boult was selected for the New Zealand squad for the one-day series against Australia at just 19 years of age. Boult only managed to play in the warm up game against the Prime ministers XI and went wicketless of seven overs. During the tour Boult was clocked as the fastest bowler touring with the New Zealand team with a highest speed of 143.3 km/h (89.0 mph).

Boult made his Test debut in the 2011–12 season, in the Second Test against Australia in Hobart, a match won by New Zealand by 7 runs, New Zealand's first test win in Australia since 1985 and their first test win over Australia since 1993. He took four wickets in the match; additionally, he scored 21 runs in a tenth-wicket partnership with Chris Martin in the second innings.

In 2012, Boult produced a string of strong performances with the ball against the West Indies, India and Sri Lanka to consolidate his position as Tim Southee's new ball partner. He carried this good form into 2013 when he took 19 wickets in 5 tests against England, including his best test match innings bowling figures of 6/68 at Eden Park in March.

After suffering a side strain during New Zealand's final test match against England at Leeds, Boult returned to the New Zealand test side for a two test tour of Bangladesh. Boult struggled in the hot and dry conditions, taking just 3 wickets and frenquently straying with his accuracy. However, when back in home conditions against the touring West Indies, Boult swiftly returned to his best. In the second test at the Basin Reserve Boult won man of the match after taking career best figures of 10 for 80 and completing a brilliant one-handed diving catch to his left to dismiss Dinesh Ramdin. In the first innings of the second test on the same venue against India, Boult made another one-handed diving right-handed catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane. He also had bowling figures of 4 for 146.

In 2014 T20 series against West Indies, Boult's squad number switched from 8 to 18, a number previously worn by Mathew Sinclair.[4]

His brother Jonathon Boult has also played cricket for Northern Districts.

Bowling and fielding style[edit]

Boult is a left-arm fast medium swing bowler. He makes up for his relative lack of height with deceptive pace and the ability to swing the ball both ways. Boult's primary weapon is the inswinger to the right-hander. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his childhood cricketing hero was Wasim Akram. In 2013, in a radio interview, former New Zealand Captain Jeremy Coney rated Boult as New Zealand's best bowling discovery since Shane Bond. He is also known to haul in one-handed catches with either hand, both in Basin Reserve.[5][6] In 2014, he became the 4th test bowler since Richard Hadlee, Chris Martin and Ian O'Brien to claim 30+ wickets in consecutive years. He has also developed a great opening bowling partnership with Tim Southee, having taken 46% of all wickets between them since 2013, especially since the retirement of Martin.[7] In 2015 at Basin Reserve, he finally removed Kumar Sangakkara with his left hand after he scored a double century.[8]


Awards and performances[edit]

Test 10 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 10/80 19  West Indies Basin Reserve Wellington New Zealand 2013

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 6/68 13  England Eden Park Auckland New Zealand 2013
2 5/57 15  England Headingley Leeds England 2013
3 6/40 19  West Indies Basin Reserve Wellington New Zealand 2013

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