New Zealand have started the two-game Test series against England in a strong manner as Kiwis came back valiantly from a troublesome position to gain control of the game. As a result, New Zeland defeated the English unit by an innings and 65 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the red-ball series.
However, all is not well for New Zeland as they are likely to miss the services of their gun paceman Trent Boult for the next game, who left the field after complaining about pain in the right-hand side of his ribs. The 30-year old cricketer was able to ball only one over before going off and Blackcaps relied on the prowess of Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme to carry the pace attack.
Boult is set to undergo an MRI scan which would aid in determining his injury. The second Test game is scheduled to commence from November 29 in Hamilton. With New Zealand lined up to play three Tests soon against Austrlaia, it is unlikely that he will be risked for a game which isn’t even a part of the ICC World Test Championship. In that case, pacers Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have good chances to get a red-ball game.