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Boult takes ‘significantly reduced’ role

August 11, 2022

WELLINGTON: Trent Boult will have a “significantly reduced” role with the Black Caps after the star fast bowler asked to be released from his central contract, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old wants to spend more time with his family and make himself available to play in the domestic leagues.

Boult has taken 317 wickets for New Zealand in 78 Test matches, 62 wickets in Twenty20 cricket and is top of the One-day International bowling rankings.

“This has been a really tough decision for me and I’d like to thank NZC for their support in getting to this point,” said Boult, currently on New Zealand’s tour of the West Indies. “Playing cricket for my country was a childhood dream and I’m so proud of everything I’ve been able to achieve with the Black Caps over the past 12 years.

“Ultimately, this decision is about my wife Gert and our three young boys.”

Boult said that he understood the move would reduce his chances of playing international cricket.