Trent Boult considers his return to international cricket. “It was a very good feeling, chucking back on the black ODI kit,” remarked Boult.
Trent Boult, the star New Zealand pacer, has returned in the BlackCap. The 34-year-old requested a release from his central contract in 2022 so that he could concentrate solely on franchise cricket. During his contract negotiations, Boult did express his strong desire to compete in the ODI World Cup 2023 to New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
During that period, NZC did not promise him a berth in the World Cup squad, which is set to begin on October 5. Boult recently won his 100th ODI cap for New Zealand, who faced England in the second ODI of their ongoing series at the Ageas Bowl. Despite losing to England, Boult demonstrated his talent by capturing three wickets and allowing 37 runs in seven overs.
Boult was nominated to New Zealand’s 15-man preliminary team for the ODI World Cup 2023. His first international appearance since the T20 World Cup in 2022. With his return, the experienced pacer took center stage and expressed his delight at being back and playing for New Zealand.
“It was great to be back in familiar surroundings. It was a very good feeling, chucking back on the black ODI kit – and on the side. The individual milestone of 100 games added to that feeling as well,” Trent Boult was cited by ESPNcricinfo as saying.
It just became too hard: Boult
Boult also discussed why he decided to forego his central contract and focus more on franchise cricket. He believes the decision made by focusing on his time away. Spending significantly more time with his family. He also remarked that while a berth in the World Cup squad was never assured, he was grateful to be a part of it.
“The decision was primarily based on time away… I couldn’t travel as much because I had a young family. It simply became too difficult. “I prioritized my time with them and gave myself the opportunity to play some cricket all over the world to see what I could learn,” Boult explained.