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Time to create history against Australia - Trent Boult

Time to create history against Australia - Trent Boult
Trent Boult is keen to create history when the Black Caps take on Australia in the Trans-Tasman Trophy in November.
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New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult is keen to create history when the Black Caps take on Australia in the Trans-Tasman Trophy in November.

New Zealand have not won a Trans-Tasman Trophy in over 25 years and their last series victory on Australian soil came almost 30 years ago in 1985.

The New Zealand tour of Australia in 1985 was most famous for Sir Richard Hadlee, who took 33 wickets from three Tests at an average of 12.15.

Accounting for five five-wicket hauls in that series, Sir Hadlee was the standout performer, helping New Zealand win 2-1.

Boult is hoping that New Zealand can create some history on the lines of the 1985 Trans-Tasman Trophy when they tour Australia later this year.

"Thirty years is a long time and it is time to make some new history,” Boult told the official website of New Zealand Cricket.

"To be part of something like that would be really special." 

Boult believes that Australia will be a formidable opposition in home conditions though they are going through a period of transition.

"Taking on our friendly neighbours across the ditch in their conditions, it doesn’t get any better than that in terms of a challenge.

"The fact that it is a three-Test series as part of the five for the summer is even better.

"(Australia) have an incredible record at home and even though there will be some new faces, they will come into their set-up and expect to perform straight away.

"The depth of Australian cricket has always been their strength, so it is up to us to start well and put them under pressure."

The 2015 Trans-Tasman Trophy will be known round the world for being the first series to incorporate a day-night Test match played with a pink ball.

Despite the many reservations the New Zealand players had earlier about the day-night Tests, Boult is excited to be a part of cricketing history.

"It (the pink ball) feels like a hockey ball or an indoor cricket ball coming out of the hand.

"I was able to get it to swing a bit, but I haven't bowled with it at night yet.

"It is exciting, and it's going to be great to be part of history.

“There are a lot of people already talking about it and the interest is only going to grow as we get closer to Adelaide.”

Since 2014, Boult has played 12 Tests, 19 One-Day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand, apart from seven games in the 2015 Indian Premier League.

Boult was sent home midway during the New Zealand tour of England earlier this year, with a suspect stress fracture in his back.

The 26-year-old will return in the series against Australia after he was rested for the series against South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Happy to get a break from cricket, Boult is confident that he will come back stronger after the period of rest.

"I can’t remember the last time that I had three months off from cricket it has been nice to get away from the game and get my body right.

"I am chomping at the bit to get back into it."

The first Test match of the 2015 Trans-Tasman Trophy will get underway on 5th November in Brisbane, whereas the second and third games will be played in Perth and Adelaide. 

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