Trent Boult rejects the New Zealand deal but still has Test hopes

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Despite turning down a central contract with New Zealand Cricket (NZC), left-arm seamer Trent Boult indicated on Thursday that he has not given up on the idea of playing Test cricket once more.

Boult and the Black Caps have agreed to a “signifi cantly reduced role,” with Boult citing the need to spend time with his family. Boult is still open to playing in Twenty20 leagues, though.

Boult hoped the Leeds Test against England in July would not be his last as he was aware that not having a central contract would impact his prospects of being selected for the national team.

The seamer, who was selected for Australia’s three-match Chappell-Hadlee one-day international series starting on Sunday, added, “I hope not.

“I’m well aware that my choice to cancel that contract will have an impact on that choice. I’m taking it pretty much week by week.”

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