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Trent Boult returns for England Squad for New Zealand tour

After turning down the central contract to pursue T20 franchise career last year, Trent Boult makes a return to New Zealand for the upcoming England tour of New Zealand 2023.

Trent Boult returns for England Squad for New Zealand tour

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult had returned to New Zealand for the upcoming tour against England. He played his last international game in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

He has rejected the central contract but continued to be part of the national team in critical conditions. In 2023, he competed in the ILT20, the Indian Premier League, and Major League Cricket in the USA. He took 23 wickets for his MI New York and played a massive role in winning the title.

“I’ve always had it in my mind to come back, and working towards an ODI World Cup, with the history involved there and the times that we’ve had in previous campaigns have been very exciting,” Boult, who last played an ODI in September last year, said on Thursday (August 10).

“So just hungry to get involved and hopefully play a big role, just thinking about hopefully lifting something pretty shiny that we were pretty close to four years ago.”

He also looked back at his decision on rejecting the central contract and playing in the other leagues around the world.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make a year ago… to move away from the New Zealand Cricket bubble,” Boult said. “I never wanted it to be about New Zealand or franchise cricket.

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I just respected the fact that my career’s only so long and to try and make the most out of my remaining years as a bowler. I’m definitely still as hungry as ever to represent my country and hopefully do something special with the guys over the next couple of months.

“I still respect the international game immensely,” Boult added. “It plays a big role in any kid trying to come through and play cricket as a dream and the ODI World Cup is still the pinnacle in my opinion.

“I think everyone looks at T20 cricket and says ‘oh, it’s only 20 overs, or four overs as a bowler’… but it’s still about intensity and the training that goes into it, and the time away from home is the thing as well.

“When I made my decision to move away from my contract, it was to spend a bit more time at home, and it quickly became a lot of cricket around the world.

I was very fortunate to take my family around the world and it’s been one of the best things, to flick through the camera roll and see the kids with cowboy hats on in Texas and in Rajasthan with turbans … it’s going to be something I’ll be pretty proud of in years to come.”

As per his desires, he played on different franchises last year and opened up at the experience of playing in the MI New York franchise.

“Franchise cricket… it isn’t taking over, but there’s a lot more of it. But I still think international cricket plays a massive role in earning you the right to get into the franchises and play.

“Franchise cricket can be pretty hard. You’re one or two performances away from being pushed out of the franchise and there are hundreds of cricketers trying to come in behind you and take that role. There’s a lot at stake.”

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