New Zealand seamer Trent Boult, who declined a national contract last year is desperate to do well in the ODI World Cup and says he has got some unfinished business.
The 34-year-old is back in the New Zealand side and is in line to play his first one-day international in almost a year after being included in New Zealand’s 15-man squad for a four-match series against England in September in the leadup to the World Cup.
“I’ve been dying to still be in the black shirt over the last wee while, but with the decision I made, it’s opened the door for selection for other players and I’ve had to respect that,” Boult told Ian Smith on SENZ Mornings.
“I’m grateful that I’ve got the chance to move across to England, and then hopefully the World Cup to play a big role, which I’m desperate to do.”
Boult’s inclusion has made New Zealand’s bowling attack as one of the most fearsome, and it is not only becasue of the inclusion of the left-arm seamer, the return of Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, and Tim Southee make the pace attack of New Zealand formiddable.
“I’m excited to hear some commentary from you (Smithy) that’s not including ‘the barest of margins’ and pushing for this trophy just a little bit harder,” said Boult.
Boult had also given up his national contract to focus more on T20 franchise cricket.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make just over a year ago to move away from the New Zealand cricket bubble. I never wanted it to be about New Zealand or franchise cricket.
“I just tried to make the most of my remaining years as a bowler. (I am) definitely as hungry as ever to still represent the country,” said the left-arm pacer, who has 187 wickets from 99 ODIs.
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The 34-year-old Kiwi has missed 35 international matches during this interim, but has little regrets over his decision.
“Life’s short, make the most of everything. It has been an exciting 12 months or so on the road. I had a great time out there, lifting the trophy with MI New York (MLC).
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“I still respect the international game immensely; it plays a big role in any kid trying to come through and play cricket as a dream. The idea of a World Cup is still the pinnacle in my opinion as well,” he said.