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Resting Boult important 'for his own sanity', reckons Shane Bond

News Agencies | Updated on: 20 November 2020, 12:53 IST

Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond feels that Kiwis have made the right call to rest spearhead Trent Boult for the upcoming T20I series against West Indies.

The New Zealand pacer along with skipper Kane Williamson were rested for the shortest format of the game and have been named in the Test squad for the West Indies series slated to begin from December 3.

"I think it's important [Boult gets a break]. He's got a couple of young kids. To fly out from here and go straight into games and not have a chance to catch up with his family would have been a massive mistake," ESPNcricinfo quoted Bond as saying in a media interaction hosted by NZC.

"I think for his own sanity, he just would need to get home and spend a little bit of time with his family before he has another busy summer, so it's a good decision," he added.

Boult played a key role in Mumbai Indians' fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) title win earlier this month and Bond, who earlier thought that the pacer has not fully realised his potential as a T20 bowler, is thrilled with the left-arm quick's growth.

"Getting the chance to work with Boulty again was exciting. I was always a believer that there was room for improvement in his T20 game, and coming into our team, we could eke that out of him, and he was massive for us," Bond, who is the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians, said.

"He was a huge part of why we won," he added.

New Zealand will lock horns with West Indies in the first T20I on November 27. The second and third T20Is will be played on November 29 and 30 respectively.


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First published: 20 November 2020, 12:53 IST