New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult hopes his decision to come out from the central contract hasn’t meant that he has played his final Test. However, he understands that giving up the central contract impacts his selection. The veteran earlier requested a release from his contract earlier this month to spend some more time with his family as well and make himself available for franchise cricket worldwide as well.
He is one of the 12 platinum players available for selection in Sunday’s Big Bash League draft and he can get a paycheque of AU$340,000 [NZ$380,000] as well. “I hope not,” replied Boult, as quoted by Stuff.co.nz, when he was asked whether he has played his final Test.
Trent Boult stated: “But 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 really. 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 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.”
Trent Boult, New Zealand’s fourth-leading wicket-taker in Tests, did well in his side’s recent 3-0 defeat against England. His 16 wickets in three Tests at an average of 28.93 were the highest from either side in the series as well. The veteran speedster has set his sights on the 2023 World Cup in India next October, saying that he had aspirations after the 2019 final at Lord’s as well.
“100%”, he remarked. “I remember talking to Kane after 2019 at Lord’s and saying we want to be there in four years time. 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,” Trent Boult concluded.