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Trent Boult doubtful for day-night Test in Adelaide

Trent Boult doubtful for day-night Test in Adelaide
Will Trent Boult be available to bowl with the pink ball in Adelaide?
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New Zealand will be sweating on the fitness of the left-arm pacer Trent Boult as they gear up to face Australia in the first ever day-night Test match in Adelaide on Friday.

Boult has been suffering from disc irritation in his back and is expected to undergo a final fitness test on Wednesday.

The nature of the injury Boult is suffering from is quite similar to what his new-ball partner Tim Southee sustained during the middle of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane, which his team went on to lose by 208 runs.

Although Southee managed to recover in time for the second Test in Perth Boult's situation remains a concern for the Black Caps.

"We'll have to see how he travels to Adelaide but he's certainly an option for the Test," head coach Mike Hesson told reporters.

"We've got a plan and he's got to bowl flat out two days out from the Test (Wednesday).

“If he's able to get through that he'll be considered for the Test."

Before the tour, Boult was sidelined for three months with a back injury which he sustained during the Test series against England.

The rigours of returning from injury and bowling 82 overs in flat conditions in Australia in the first two games have taken a toll on Boult according to Hesson.

"I guess when you come back from a back injury there's an element of confidence and also being able to know when you can push through and when you can't," he added.

"He's in good hands with the physio. He's an outstanding physio so I'm sure we'll know more when we get to Adelaide."

Neil Wagner, who registered figures of five for 62 in the recently concluded day-night tour match against Western Australia XI in Perth, will be Boult's likely replacement if he is not fit to play.

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