Boult faces fit­ness test to play for Black Caps

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PERTH: Key New Zealand pace­man Trent Boult has back trou­ble and must prove his fit­ness in train­ing to play in this week’s his­toric day-night Test against Aus­tralia, coach Mike Hes­son said yes­ter­day. The left-armer has an ir­ri­tated disc in his back, sim­i­lar to the com­plaint which hin­dered his new ball part­ner Tim Southee dur­ing the first Test loss in Brisbane. Boult did not bowl in the two-day tour prac­tice game against a Western Aus­tralia XI in Perth over the week­end, and needs to show he can de­liver at full pace with­out hin­drance to play in Fri­day’s third Test in Ade­laide. “We’ll have to see how he trav­els to Ade­laide but he’s cer­tainly an op­tion for the Test,” Hes­son told re­porters. “We’ve got a plan and he’s got to bowl flat out two days out from the Test (Wed­nes­day). If he’s able to get through that he’ll be con­sid­ered for the Test.” Boult has been re­cov­er­ing from back prob­lems which forced him out of the one-day se­ries in Eng­land ear­lier this year and the tour of South Africa and Zim­babwe in Au­gust. Hes­son said bowl­ing on hard pitches in back-to-back Tests in the Aus­tralia se­ries had not helped Boult. “I guess when you come back from a back in­jury there’s an el­e­ment of con­fi­dence and also be­ing able to know when you can push through and when you can’t,” Hes­son said. “He’s in good hands with the physio.—AFP

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