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Trent Boult declines New Zealand central contract but commits to play in 2023 World Cup

Despite declining a central contract from New Zealand Cricket (NZC), fast bowler Trent Boult has pledged his commitment to representing the national team during the crucial World Cup year. NZC recently announced the offer of central contracts to 20 Black Caps players for the upcoming season.

While Boult was released from his central contract last year to pursue T20 leagues and spend time with family, he has now been granted a casual playing agreement, with special emphasis on the highly anticipated 2023 ODI World Cup in India, which will occur just four months later.

As the much-anticipated Test series against South Africa and Australia approaches, the participation of the 33-year-old New Zealand cricket sensation Trent Boult, hangs in the balance.

The formidable left-arm bowler’s potential inclusion in the squad remains uncertain, with New Zealand’s head coach, Gary Stead, emphasizing that Boult’s involvement in the Big Bash League (BBL) and the International T20 League (ILT20) between December and February will ultimately determine his availability. Cricket fans eagerly await the final verdict on Boult’s presence, adding an air of suspense and anticipation to the upcoming clashes.

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Trent Boult’s brilliance in the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups helped lead New Zealand to consecutive finals. He finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker in 2015, claiming 22 scalps in just nine games at an impressive average of 16.86, alongside Australia’s Mitchell Starc who achieved the same feat in eight matches.

Trent Boult, the skilled left-arm quick, showcased his prowess in the 2019 World Cup in England, amassing 17 wickets in just eight matches at an average of 24.24. His remarkable performance contributed significantly to New Zealand’s campaign. Boult’s overall World Cup record is a testament to his excellence, with an impressive tally of 39 wickets in 19 games at an average of 21.79, making him the leading wicket-taker among all New Zealand bowlers.

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Trent Boult, the maestro of left-arm pace, has the power to weave destruction spells. With a deadly combination of precision and swing, he leaves batsmen in awe and despair. A relentless wicket-taking force, Boult’s bowling artistry has etched his name among the finest in the game.

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