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Trent Boult expected to feature in third Test

Trent Boult expected to feature in third Test
Trent Boult has managed to pick just six wickets in the two Tests against Australia in the series.
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New Zealand pacer Trent Boult is expected to take the field in the third Test match against Australia in Adelaide after recovering from the back injury.

Boult took part in a net practice session and has impressed both the coach and his captain after bowling a five-over spell at full intensity.

New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum, stated that Boult bowled well in the nets at a good pace, but a final decision will be taken on the morning of the third Test.

"Trent bowled yesterday in the nets," McCullum confirmed.

"I thought he bowled with good pace as well.

“Certainly saw a couple of bouncers in there as well, just like all the other bowlers did last night.

"If he's pulled up well today then we'll obviously see how he goes tonight and then we'll be able to name a team later on." 

The third Test, which is a day-night fixture, will feature a green pitch at the Adelaide Oval, which is to help the pink ball last longer in the conditions.

Taking the pitch conditions into consideration, McCullum stated that New Zealand will make a few changes to their side to strike the right balance.

"We've got some considerations in terms of the wicket, and just a couple of slightly different quirks with the game obviously being played a bit later (than normal).

"I wouldn't think we'd name an unchanged XI.

“I think there'll probably be some changes.

“It's just a matter of trying to work out what the best balance is heading into this Test match."

After a loss in the first Test, New Zealand fought back admirably to enforce a draw in the second game, which was highlighted by Ross Taylor's amazing 290-run knock.

Kane Williamson is also in a rich vein of form and scored an impressive 166 in the first innings of the second Test match, sharing a 265-run stand with Taylor.

On the other hand, Martin Guptill laid the foundations for the third Test match with an aggressive century in the warm-up game against Western Australia XI in Perth where the pink ball was in use.

Taking confidence from the form of his batsmen, McCullum feels that the situation can get only better for New Zealand as they head into the third Test match.

"The way Ross and Kane played in that last Test match was outstanding.

“Martin Guptill batted beautifully in that warm-up game, and he played with a slightly more aggressive tempo – a tempo which is probably more akin to his one-day game, so I think he looks freer at the crease as well.

"Tom Latham has impressed everyone with his poise, composure and technique.

“He feels like he's not far away from a big score as well.

"So overall the batters tend to get better as we get deeper into a season, which is kind of scary for guys like Kane (Williamson) and Ross (Taylor), but I think overall our guys go in with probably a little bit more confidence than when we started the tour."

Having lost an opportunity to press for a series victory, New Zealand will need a win in the third and final Test to level the series 1-1.

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