New Zealand cricket team has got a major a boost as Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme passed their fitness test ahead of an important Test series against Australia that will begin from December 12 in Perth. The duo sustained an injury during the first Test against England. However, now they have recovered from it. Moreover, the Kiwis would be hopeful of ending their drought of 34 years by winning a series in the longer format Down Under.
Kane Williamson and Co. recently outclassed England in the two-Test series by 1-0. It was not the part of ICC Test Championship but still, it was a morale booster for them. Since the Test Championship has got underway, New Zealand have performed significantly well in the longer format and are ranked 3rd in the table just below Australia. This series will also offer them an opportunity to grab the 2nd spot in the points table.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead had earlier expressed doubts over Boult and De Grandhomme’s availability. As far as the duo’s injuries are concerned, Boult was hit with a side strain whereas Gandhomme suffered an abdominal tear.
Blackcaps squads get a boost ahead of trans-Tasman series
New Zealand on Friday confirmed that Trent Boult and De Grandhomme are progressing well from their injuries and successfully trained at Bay Oval. The BlackCaps took to their Twitter handle and wrote, “Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme are both making good progress with their injuries and successfully trained today at Bay Oval. The pair will travel with the team to Perth tomorrow.”
The series opener between New Zealand and Australia is Day-Night game and Boult will play be an important player for his side because of his record with the pink ball. In his two games with pink cherry, the left-arm seamer has grabbed 15 wickets. Last year, he bowled a world-class spell against England and recorded brilliant figures of 6/32. It was the main reason behind England getting dismissed at a lowly score of 58 in the first innings of the game.
On the other hand, Colin de Grandhomme, who has grabbed 36 wickets and scored 968 runs in Tests, has established himself as a good all-rounder for New Zealand. After the day-night Test in Perth, Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Test at the MCG and SCG respectively.
INJURY UPDATE | Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme are both making good progress with their injuries and successfully trained today at Bay Oval. The pair will travel with the team to Perth tomorrow. #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/ROdtvaofvL
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 6, 2019
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