Trent Boult has admitted that he is still processing New Zealand’s heartbreaking World Cup final defeat to England.
The Kiwis came agonisingly close to being crowned world champions but suffered a super-over loss to England at Lord’s last Sunday.
Retired Australian umpire Simon Taufel has since claimed the winners were incorrectly given an extra run when a fielder’s throw hit Ben Stokes’ bat as he dived to complete a second run in the final over.
When asked if he felt cheated, Boult replied “no” and revealed he is still coming to terms with being a part of such a “crazy game”.
“I suppose it’s just natural to nitpick and pull apart a game like that,” he is reported as saying by ANI News.
“Firstly, to be involved in it was obviously very amazing. But you know, you just wonder those little kind of things that went your way, or didn’t go your way or whatever. It could’ve been a totally different game.
“Yeah, of course, I’m living the last over throughout my mind a lot. Somehow we were hit for six along the ground which has never happened before. And then, yeah, [a] couple of runs outs. To bowl them out and to see the scores level and to lose was a pretty unique situation.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.
Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.
It’ll take a superb spell of bowling or a shambolic batting collapse for either side to win from here.
Click to see Steve Smith’s ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ impression.
“I need more time to think, that’s the honest answer. It’s a big decision, it’s a big commitment.”