New Zealand seamer Trent Boult will miss the game for four weeks after fracturing the second metacarpal of his right hand. Boult had been hit on the gloves by Australian speed-gun Mitchell Starc of New Zealand’s first innings at the MCG Test
The bowler then went to the hospital for x-rays during the tea break. The scans confirmed a fracture which will force the bowler to fly back to home after the ongoing against Australia.
“Trent Boult suffered a fracture to the second-metacarpal of his right hand after being struck while batting on day three of the second Test against Australia in Melbourne,” a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson said. “An X-ray during the tea break confirmed the undisplaced fracture which will require around four weeks of rehabilitation, meaning Boult will return home to New Zealand at the end of the Test. A replacement player will be confirmed in due course.”
Boult had already missed the first Test of a three-match series with a rib injury. He did not impress his fans in Melbourne Test either with his poor bowling show. The bowler has sent 9 overs in second innings too. Matt Henry is likely to replace Boult for the third and final Test of the series against Paine’s side, which starts from Friday.
Tom Latham, New Zealand’s wicket-keeper batsman has also expressed his feelings about Boult’s injury.
“It’s obviously gutting news for Trent and also for our group to have someone like that ruled out with his injuries,” Tom Latham said. “We’ll have to wait and see who the replacement is over the next few days, but I’m sure whoever will come in will be up for the task.”