Trent Boult looks forward to New Zealand summer after missing India Test series: Wanted to refresh myself

Written by Shreyas Vyas

Pace spearhead Trent Boult opened up on missing the Test series against India, saying he wanted to refresh himself for the upcoming New Zealand summer after a nonstop 12 weeks of cricket.

Boult is in India for the three-match T20 International series but will head back home from Kolkata after the final white-ball game as he takes a break before being back against Bangladesh for a home Test series.

“The World Cup is a very big stage but probably second to that is playing India in India. I think boys are definitely looking forward to it and just adapting to it and reading the wicket is going to be a big play over here as well,” Boult was quoted as saying in a video released by ‘New Zealand Cricket’.

“Everyone obviously looks forward to the New Zealand summer and what they are coming up. I am looking forward to getting the red ball back in my hand when I get a chance and yes, it has been 12 or so weeks away already, so I’m just looking forward to refreshing a little bit and then taking on the New Zealand summer.”

Boult, who was part of the New Zealand team that lost the T20 World Cup final, said that the defeat to Australia was a bitter pill to swallow.

“It still hurts a little bit to swallow that result but life goes on in a way, but got back to the hotel, our bags were out and we were on a chartered flight to Jaipur and now in the hotel,” the left-arm pacer said.

Boult was happy with how the younger crop of players performed and feels that this will keep the team in good stead for the next T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022.

“Overall, a pleasing job, a bit of shame to be on the wrong side of the result. It was great learning really for youngsters, the pressure and hype that comes with a World Cup. But life goes on quickly,” he added.

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