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Trent Boult in line to make return in B'desh Tests

Updated: Jan 11, 2017 16:27 IST      
Trent Boult in line to make return in B'desh Tests

Karachi [Pakistan], Jan. 11 (ANI): New Zealand pacer Trent Boult could make a comeback to the side for the first Test against Bangladesh---the only change expected in the team that played the last Test against Pakistan.

"We haven't confirmed it yet, but it's hard to see too many changes from our last Test," the Express Tribune quoted skipper New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson as saying on the eve of the Test, adding that Boult was getting back to his best form.

The Black Caps are coming from back-to-back Test victories over Pakistan and a 3-0 triumphs in both ODI and T20I series against Bangladesh, and would now look for a clean sweep.

Boult, who missed the second Test against Pakistan because of a knee injury, showed signs of regaining his express pace as he bowled deliveries in excess of 145 kilometres per hour in the final T20I against Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

"Trent in the last T20I might have hit 145, 146 [km/h] which is really promising," said Williamson.

"We know when he's bowling fast and swinging it for a long time he's one of the best bowlers in the world. We'll be hoping for more of that going into a lot of Test matches," he added.

The New Zealand skipper is keen for his bowlers to adjust quickly to Test conditions, keeping in view a schedule that demands frequent transition between formats, and with a one-day series against Australia to follow the two Bangladesh Tests.

"The South African series is around the corner but we've got two tough Test matches before then. We want to see improvements again, so that's certainly the focus going into the first Test match tomorrow, make those adjustments against a strong Bangladesh side," he said. (ANI)

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