Trent Boult, the pace-spearhead of New Zealand who took a 4-wicket haul including a hat-trick shared that Australia have been doing a pretty good job. The defending champion won the game against New Zealand by 86 runs. They put up 243 at Lord’s before Mitchell Starc dismantled the Kiwis by taking a five-wicket haul. Boult further thinks that Australia are peaking at the right time to defend the title.
“Australia turn up for World Cups,” he said. “They have a good record in them and they’re peaking nicely. They produced the complete performance and they were too good for us. There are some quality sides here but it’s all about timing in my opinion and Australia is performing well, there are only a couple of weeks left and they’re the ones to beat,” he added.
Starc became the leading wicket-taker in the on-going World Cup with 24 wickets. With this, he became the first bowler to take a third five-wicket haul in the World Cup. Lockie Ferguson is the second highest wicket taker with 17 wickets.
While asking about Starc, Boult jokingly said, “He’s six foot seven, bowls 157kph and swings it both ways! He’s a classy bowler. He was used very nicely with short spells to be aggressive. He’s had a stellar campaign so far,” he added.
“It would have been nice if it was in the first over but any bowler dreams of getting three wickets in a row. To do it at the ‘Home of Cricket’ in front of a good crowd against Australia was pretty cool. It’s a pretty simple game plan,” he added. “I wanted to disturb the woodwork and it was nice to see the stumps light up. It was a bit of entertainment for the crowd. To have them 90 for five and let them get over 200 was frustrating. If we had kept them under 200, then it’s a whole different ball game,” he further added.
New Zealand have lost two successive defeats, against Pakistan and Australia respectively. They will now face England on Wednesday which could probably decide who will play in the semi-finals.
“We need to win the last one,” he added. “It will be a big one for England and they will be hungry – it’s certainly not panic stations. The bowling plans work well against any side so there won’t be much reinvention,” he shared.