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 24)
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast
Role Bowler
Relations JJ Boult (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 253) 9 December 2011 v Australia
Last Test 18 February 2014 v India
ODI debut (cap 174) 11 July 2012 v West Indies
Last ODI 20 February 2013 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Northern Districts
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 22 8 51 32
Runs scored 264 8 600 52
Batting average 18.85 4.00 14.63 5.77
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 52* 5 52* 11*
Balls bowled 4,466 351 9,342 1,526
Wickets 82 6 171 41
Bowling average 26.59 47.66 26.05 31.36
5 wickets in innings 3 0 9 0
10 wickets in match 1 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/40 2/45 6/40 4/38
Catches/stumpings 8/– 1/– 21/– 11/–
Source: CricketArchive;, 18 February 2014

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.

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.[4][5]


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