New Zealand’s tough tour of Australia has become more challenging as their front-line bowler Trent boult has suffered a fracture in his right hand and will not be a part of the ongoing Test series.
On Day 3 of the second Test, the Kiwi paceman was struck on the hand by Australia’s Mitchell Starc while batting in the first innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Boult was struck on the hand in the 53rd over.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2019
The Blackcap’s official Twitter handle posted a picture of Boult and wrote that the left-armer would return home.
“Tent Boult will return home to New Zealand following the 2nd Test after suffering a fracture to the second metacarpal of his right hand while batting on day three. He will require around four weeks of rehabilitation. A replacement player will be confirmed in due course,” tweeted New Zealand Cricket
Trent Boult will return home to New Zealand following the 2nd Test after suffering a fracture to the second-metacarpal of his right hand while batting on day three.
He will require around four weeks of rehabilitation.
A replacement player will be confirmed in due course. pic.twitter.com/KSP66LTCub
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 28, 2019
Earlier, on Day 3 of the ongoing match, the Kiwis were bowled out for 148 in their first innings and gave Aussies a chance to dominate them. The Tim Paine-led side who posted 467 on the board in the first inning carried on the momentum in their second round. However, this time, New Zealand’s bowlers did put up a good show and took four wickets of the hosts at 137. Having said that, the Australians looked way too strong as they lead by 456 runs at the end of day three’s play.