Trent Boult out of the third Test in Sydney:
Boult got his right hand fractured during the 2nd Test. He got hit on the gloves by the ball bowled by Mitchell Starc towards the end of New Zealand’s first innings in the 2nd Test. The X-ray results confirmed a fracture and Boult will be returning home after the 2nd Test. It is expected that he will be resting for at least four weeks.
“Trent Boult suffered a fracture to the second metacarpal of his right hand after being struck while batting on day three of the second Test against Australia in Melbourne. An X-ray during the tea break confirmed the undisplaced fracture which will require around four weeks of rehabilitation, meaning Boult will return home to New Zealand at the end of the Test. A replacement player will be confirmed in due course,” a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson said.
Trent Boult missed the first Test due to an injury as well:
Trent Boult, who has played 64 Test matches, also missed the first Test of the 3-match Test series between Australia and New Zealand, due to a side injury.
New Zealand’s opening batsman, Tom Latham said: “It’s obviously gutting news for Trent and also for our group to have someone like that ruled out with his injuries. We’ll have to wait and see who the replacement is over the next few days, but I’m sure whoever will come in will be up for the task.”
Boult made his Test debut in December 2011 against Australia and has claimed a total of 255 wickets in 64 Test matches at an average of 27.64.