WELLINGTON, Nov. 20 (Reuters) – Pace’s backbone, Trent Boult needed a little break to catch up with his family and prepare for the test series against the West Indies rather than playing the three Twenty20 games that will begin Next Friday, according to the former New Zealand fast. Shane Bond.
Bond and Boult are currently in managed segregation in Christchurch after returning to New Zealand last week from IPL in the United Arab Emirates.
Boult and captain Kane Williamson have both been excluded from New Zealand’s Twenty20 squad to focus on testing which begins on December 3.
“To leave here and go straight to the games without seeing his family would have been a huge mistake,” Bond said on a conference call Friday.
“I think for his sanity he needs to come home and spend some time with his family before another busy summer.”
Bond added that after not playing long form cricket since March, Boult was working to replenish his bowling loads at the high performance center outside of Christchurch in his sanctioned training sessions as he was in compulsory isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Part of the thought of being here together in quarantine is to get a little more volume in terms of over under your belt,” added Bond, who helps with the training sessions.
“So that gives him a bit of time to get some volume here and in the week or two before the start of the test series against the West Indies.”
Boult is a virtual automatic selection for the New Zealand squad for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in India and it was important that coach Gary Stead and selector Gavin Larsen got a glimpse of the other players against the West Indies Bond added.
“I think you have to use the games ahead to find out who could be the support for him in and around this T20 World Cup squad,” Bond said.
“From my perspective, it’s okay to give these other guys like Kyle Jamieson the chance to see what they have.”