Boult: Nice to knock over a few


New Zealand seamer Trent Boult says it “was nice to knock over a few” after achieving career-best figures as the Kiwis strolled to an easy 204-run victory over the West Indies in the second ODI in Christchurch in Saturday.

Boult took 7-34 in 10 overs to help the hosts bowl the Windies for just 121, chasing a mammoth target of 326.

The paceman knocked over the first four scalps to leave the visitors in early trouble at 52/4 before coming back later in the innings to finish off Caribbean side.

The left-armer also took his 100th ODI wicket in the process as New Zealand took an unassailable two-nil lead in the three-match series.

Boult said after the game: “It was nice to get the new ball swinging.

“If I had to pin it down to something, I know that when I am swinging the ball, I wouldn’t say I am a different bowler, but I almost grow another limb in a way, so it was nice to knock over a few.

“I was getting in the click, swinging the ball well.

The bowling performance of Boult reminded everyone of his heroics at the 2015 World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosted with Australia, with both teams making the final.

Boult was the joint-leading wicket-taker in that tournament and still holds fond memories of the global competition.

He added: “The World Cup is still one of my fondest memories where I was bowing quick and keeping quick in a way but very happy with where it is at the moment.”

The third and final ODI of the series takes place at the Hagley Oval on Boxing Day.