Trent Boult played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022.© BCCI/IPL
Trent Boult and Henry Nicholls may miss New Zealand’s first Test against England, despite being included in the roster for the clash starting Thursday at Lord’s. Boult played in the Indian Premier League final for Rajasthan Royals on Sunday and is unlikely to recover in time for five days of test cricket. Nicholls has had a disrupted start to the England tour due to injury problems and a coronavirus attack. “We’ll see how Trent improves, but I’ve had conversations with him leading up to this. It’s part of the world and as it is now with the complexity of putting together schedules,” New Zealand head coach Gary said. Steady. reporters on Monday.
“When you have the IPL on top of that, it just adds an extra layer to the whole thing.
“We’ve been through this before with different players, so I don’t think it’s something new for us. We’ll sort that out and figure out what’s best for us to move forward with Trent.”
As for Nicholls, whose middle order slot should go to Daryl Mitchell, Stead added: “At this point, we think it’s unlikely Henry will play.
“Covid just put him back a week or so from where we wanted him to, but he’s progressing really well.”
Stead spoke with new England coach and fellow Kiwi Brendon McCullum at Lord’s on Monday.
He admitted it felt unusual to see one of New Zealand’s most iconic players now face off against an opponent.
“It already feels strange. I’ve walked on the floor with him before. I think he went into the right-hand dressing room; he turned left and I turned right,” Stead said.
“I haven’t thought too much about Brendon and the impact he will have, as we are focusing on the way we will play, but I have no doubt that he will have an immediate impact.
“Brendon will bring the game of heart to that England squad. I think it’s always nice to have Kiwi coaches who are sought after all over the world.”
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