- Trent Boult is ready to move on from his humiliating experience.
- Boult had rarely missed a beat in the previous four and a half days.
- The third Test takes place in his hometown.
Trent Boult is ready to move on from his humiliating experience at the hands of Jonny Bairstow in last week’s series decider against England.
Boult was in the heart of things at Trent Bridge as the second LV= Insurance Test slipped through the Black Caps’ clutches. Smashing into the stands repeatedly as Bairstow unleashed an extraordinary performance of ball-striking.
Boult had rarely missed a beat in the previous four and a half days, but he had no answer for Bairstow’s astonishing century, which propelled England to a five-wicket triumph and an unassailable 2-0 lead.
On Thursday, the competition shifts to Boult’s hometown of Headingley, where he becomes motivated to compete again.
“Jonny’s pumped me a couple of times, actually. He really took the game by the horns and didn’t let go,” he said.
“He’s definitely a big player for them in the middle order and we know how destructive he is, he’s done it many a time. But nothing too much changes for us, hopefully we get into him nice and early this time when the ball is a bit new and we’ll see what happens.
“It’s a blank canvas here again and we’ll look forward to seeing what happens. I suppose it’s hard being 2-0 down in the series. But there’s a lot of pride in that changing room from some of the performances we’ve put out over the last few years.
“I know the boys are looking forward to the challenge.”
After missing the last match due to a positive Covid test, New Zealand will welcome back captain Kane Williamson in Leeds.
Williamson is coming off a poor scoring streak, but he brings polish and poise to the club.