Boult ready for England challenge

May 15, 2013 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

New Zealand paceman Trent Boult says he expects England to “hit new Zealand hard” when the two sides resume their rivalry at Lord’s this week.

The Black Caps are preparing for a two match Test series against Andy Flower’s men just two months after the sides met in New Zealand.

Back then the wet weather forced draws in the opening two Tests before a defiant 110 not out from wicketkeeper Matt Prior helped England salvage a dramatic draw in the final Test in Auckland and keep the series at 0-0.

Most punters who placed a cricket bet on the series did not expect England to encounter too many problems against the Kiwis, who surprised many with their performance.

Boult was one of those who impressed for Mike Hesson’s men and it will be interesting to see how he copes on foreign soil.

England are again heavy favourites in the betting to claim the return series and Boult is bracing himself for an English backlash, though he also insists his team-mates are primed and ready.

“We’re in their home town now and we know they’re a world-class side,” said the 23-year-old.

“They are definitely going to hit us hard. We are expecting that and are ready for it.”

Thursday’s clash will be the first time Boult will have played at the home of English cricket and he admits he is delighted to be able to play at such an historic ground.

There is no doubt there’s a great feel to the ground. It’s awesome to be here,” he added. “A big opportunity lies ahead of us and we’re looking forward to taking it on.”


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