Trent Boult returns to T20I squad for New Zealand against Australia

New Zealand’s veteran pacer Trent Boult is gearing up for his return to the T20I fold during the upcoming three-match series against Australia. Boult, who last played a T20I in November 2022, has been included in the squad for the second and third T20Is, both to be held in Auckland. He will be stepping in for Tim Southee, who is slated to play only the first T20I to manage his workload ahead of the two-match Test series.

The 14-man squad also features uncapped all-rounder Josh Clarkson and Rachin Ravindra. However, Daryl Mitchell, nursing a foot injury, and Kane Williamson, on paternity leave, were unavailable for selection.

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Selector Sam Wells expressed confidence in the replacements, stating, “It’s never ideal missing two of your best players for such a big series, but in saying that, we do have a lot of faith in the guys coming in.” He highlighted the potential of Clarkson and Ravindra, praising their performances and all-round skills.

Michael Bracewell (finger injury) and Jimmy Neesham (Bangladesh Premier League) were also ruled out of contention for selection.

The squad comprises Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult (games 2 & 3), Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, and Tim Southee (game 1).