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Top order quivers when Boult strikes

By Sahir Usman
May 25, 2019 • 05:30 AM

“They are good grounds and to see these 350, 400 scores even being touched and then chased down is pretty crazy.

“The attack that we possess, we are all new ball, swing bowlers and if the conditions suit we have the skills to can put the opponents to the test.

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“But the ball hasn’t really been swinging so we are not coming here expecting it to bend around like it did four years ago.

“We have to use other ways to get wickets, that will be the challenge over the next few weeks. To try and find wickets when the wickets are flat, when it’s not swinging around in batsman friendly conditions."

The Black Caps came so close to winning it all four years in a fairytale run to the final that was eventually ended by co-hosts Australia.

This time around, Kane Williamson’s side arrive in the UK desperate to go one better.

And with warm-up clashes against India and West Indies, before opening the group stage games against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the chance to build momentum is huge.

“There is a lot of excitement going through the camp and we are eager to get into it," added Boult.

“2015 was an amazing experience, but we took it game by game and didn’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We let things happen from there.

“It is one of the highlights of my career and we want to replicate something like that and hopefully go one further over the next couple of weeks.

“I think the new format is brilliant, it’s cool to get the chance to play everyone.

“If you want to say you are a world champion and lift the trophy at the end of it, then you want to say you have played every team.”


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