After breaking into the Kiwi Test side, Trent Boult went on to become one of the most successful bowlers in New Zealand cricket. So far, he has donned the national jersey in 67 Tests and has scalped 267 wickets including 8 five-wicket hauls.
The pacer is currently fourth in the list of New Zealand’s all-time wicket-takers behind the likes of Richard Hadlee (431), Vettori (361) and Tim Southee (284). Boult made his Test debut against Hobart in 2011 and the opposition was none other than the mighty Australian side. While recalling his debut, Boult revealed that he had braces on his teeth when he found out that he was selected for the tour.
Boult was 22 when he was selected to don the Kiwi Test jersey. The speedster said that he went to the orthodontist after hearing the news as he didn’t want to tour Australia with his braces.
“I had braces the week before I got selected and I remember going to the orthodontist and saying: ‘I can’t go to Australia with a set of braces on my teeth’,” Boult told the podcast on the Black Caps’ YouTube channel during a chat with teammate Kyle Jamieson.
I remember the winning celebrations: Trent Boult
Boult further went on to recall that being a young cricketer, he received the traditional welcome from the Australian team when he came out to bat. The pacer also revealed that he was quite nervous while coming down to face a dominant Aussie bowling force.
Boult also revealed an instance with Brad Haddin when the Australian skipper took a dig at him when he went on to bat. “I specifically remember it, I walked out there to bat, absolutely packing myself and Brad Haddin looked at me and goes ‘mate, does your mother know where you are?’,” Boult recalled.
New Zealand eventually went on to clinch the encounter by a narrow margin of seven runs and Boult said that he still remembers the winning celebrations.
“He was just getting into me, and I was sh**ting myself… [but] I remember the celebrations after that, winning by six (seven, actually) runs,” added the speedster.
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