Trent Boult has elevated himself through the ranks in quite unusual style. The 23 year-old already has some of the world's best batsmen’s wickets to his name and is set to have a big future for the BLACKCAPS.
A medium-fast bowler, this young talent has the advantage of being a left-armer and has the ability to swing the ball.
In 2007 he was asked to train with the New Zealand A squad and quickly made a name for himself. Word of his talent got around and in 2008 he was selected to play in the Under19 World Cup in Bangladesh. It was a successful tournament for Trent, taking 11 wickets including a seven wicket haul against Malaysia.
Well known by the coaches at this point, he played for New Zealand A against India in the 2008-09 series to make his First-Class debut. It was only after this tour that Trent was picked up by a domestic team, with Northern Districts successfully securing his services.
After a strong start to the season, he was chosen to travel with the New Zealand team for the 2009 Chappell-Hadlee series. Trent wasn’t chosen to play, but it was only a matter of time before he got an opportunity to make his mark on the international stage. On December 9 2011 Trent made his Test debut against Australia. Things couldn’t have gone much better for Boult, helping New Zealand to win across the ditch for the first time in 26 years. Trent also picked up a 2011 BLACKCAPS contract.
Trent continued to progress and was included in the Test team to take on South Africa in March 2012. Despite a solid showing in the first Test in Dunedin, Boult was dropped for the final two Tests of the series, but made his way back into the squad for the tour of the West Indies later that year.
A strong domestic showing during the 2012-13 season lead to his selection for the South Africa tour in December and January 2012-13 and then Trent was again selected to play England in the home series. "Boulty" was significant in the drama that unfolded on the last day of the third Test at Eden Park. His dismissal of Joe Root started the surge by the BLACKCAPS which ultimately ended in a dramatic draw, with New Zealand only needing one more wicket to claim the match and the series. It was during this match that Trent bowled his career best figures, six for 68. Moving the ball at pace like he does, shows how much of a weapon he is for the BLACKCAPS in the future.
When he isn’t playing cricket, Trent can be found surfing or strumming along to a Jack Johnson song on his guitar. Of course like all cricketers, he likes to get out on the golf course as well.