Trent Boult to Miss 1st Test vs England Due to IPL 2022 Commitment

Written by Vipin Darwade

Let-arm pace bowler Trent Boult is unlikely to be available for selection in New Zealand’s first Test against England, beginning at Lord’s on June 2, as the 32-year-old’s team, Rajasthan Royals, is in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final against Gujarat Titans.

The IPL final will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday (May 29), which means the Black Caps pace bowler will “have virtually no time to prepare properly for the first Test”, a report in said on Saturday.

Boult took a wicket and bowled four economical overs as the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in Qualifier 2 on Friday to secure an IPL 2022 final berth.

New Zealand are playing their second warm-up game against Counties Select XI ahead of the opening Test and with Boult not acclimatised to the England conditions or to the longest format of the game, there’s a likelihood of Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry and spin bowler Ajaz Patel being in the selection mix for the Lord’s game.

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