ENG vs NZ 2nd Test: A draw after dominating England the first two days of 1st Test hasn’t gone down well with Kane Williamson-led New Zealand. They lacked the killer touch on Day 5 with England set a 274-run target. Joe Root’s England batted out the final day, forcing a draw. But coach Gary Stead is not impressed and want to go full strength, bringing back Trent Boult in the 2nd Test as the visitors eye series victory in England after 22 years.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead initially ruled out Trent Boult from the Test series against England with the World Test Championship Final against India taking precedence. But he made a U-turn on his decision, aiming to seal the series.
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ENG vs NZ 2nd Test: “There’s a chance. There are a few things that have changed… the British Government has relaxed their quarantine stipulations, so Trent is out of isolation three or four days earlier than we expected. We still haven’t made a firm call on that, and we will give it the next 48 hours before we work out what we do with Trent in that second test,” Gary Stead said.
Trent Boult, who returned home after the IPL 2021 was suspended on May 4, spent 14 days in mandatory quarantine in New Zealand before joining his family. That delayed his arrival in England, ruling him out of the 1st Test. But the relaxations in quarantine rules helped him get out of hotel isolation four days early. The pace star had his 1st training session in England on Saturday at Lord’s with the team.
ENG vs NZ 2nd Test: However, now that he is available for selection, coach Gary Stead is unlikely to bench him. However, he will have a selection conundrum with Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, and Kyle Jamieson all playing the 1st Test. To include Boult in the lineup, he will have to bench one of the three.
But with Trent Boult, New Zealand will not have any doubt about including him in the line-up as Kane Williamson’s men aim to emulate Stephen Fleming’s record of 1999 when they won the series 2-1.
“I haven’t had that conversation yet with Tim. He bowled 42 overs in the test match and bowled really well. He’s a workhorse and loves the hard work,” Gary Stead said after the match.