Trent Boult is hoping to add more to Test cricket despite losing the NZC contract

Trent Boult aims to play more Test cricket for New Zealand

The left-arm pacer Trent Boult is well aware of the fact that his decision to withdraw from NZC’s central contract will affect his selection in the Tests but he hopes that he hasn’t played his last match in the format yet.

New Zealand is scheduled to tour Pakistan in December 2022 and January 2023 for two-match Test series and will host England for a two-match Test series in February 2023 including a day-night contest at Mount Maunganui.

Trent Boult is likely to miss the Pakistan tour following his commitments with the T20 leagues abroad. He is among the 12 players who have been awarded platinum status in the Australian BBL squad which comes under the price tag of AU$340,000.

The BBL is set to kick off on December 13 with the group stage to be concluded on January 25. Boult has also signed up for the UAE-based ILT20 which is expected to be played between January and February where he will be representing the MI Emirates.

“I hope not,”

Boult said when asked if the Test he played against England in June was potentially his last.

“I’m fully aware that with the decision I made to give that contract back, it’s going to affect that selection. I’m taking it almost week by week. 

“There’s a lot of cricket to be played before then. I know the next series is in Pakistan and then at my home ground [Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui] against England in the New Year, but it’s too far away to tell. I’m going to leave that with New Zealand Cricket and respect their decision.”

The next assignment for New Zealand will be the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in Australia consisting of three ODIs, Boult has held the spot but NZC made it clear that his future participation will be dependent on case-by-case scenarios as the board would prefer contracted players.

 Boult also mentioned that he wants to have another crack in the ODI World Cup next year in October, hosted by India. He is also expected to lead New Zealand’s pace unit in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. If he does feature in the mega event, it would be his third ODI World Cup.

“I remember talking to Kane [Williamson] after 2019 at Lord’s [where England pipped New Zealand in the final and saying we want to be there in four years,”

Boult said.

“It’s only a few months around the corner and there’s a lot of hunger to try to have another crack at that trophy.”

Boult, 33, reiterated that his decision to withdraw his central contract and move into “life after cricket” was primarily to spend more time with his wife and three children.

“Without getting too financially specific, I’d be more able to bring them on tour [when playing T20 leagues],”

Boult said.

“I’ve got three young boys that only see dad for eight weeks a year at the current moment. If I don’t play any international cricket – obviously I still want to – then that might be a couple of leagues a year and 10 months at home rather than the other way around.

“I’m not getting too far ahead – it’s a hard one to forecast at the moment.”