Trent Boult was hurt while batting on the third day of the Melbourne Test
New Zealand Cricket said- Bolt will take 4 weeks to rehab
Bolt did not even play in the first day-night Test of the series against Australia.
Dainik BhaskarDec 28, 2019, 03:23 PM IST Sports Desk. New Zealand left-arm fast bowler Trent Bolt will return home after the Melbourne Test was over due to a fracture in his finger. The index finger of his right hand fractured during batting on Saturday. Because of this, Bolt will not play in the third and final Test starting in Sydney from 3 January. The New Zealand Cricket Board has confirmed this.
Trent Boult will return home to New Zealand following the 2nd Test after suffering a fracture to the second-metacarpal of his right hand while batting on day three. He will require around four weeks of rehabilitation. A replacement player will be confirmed in due course. pic.twitter.com/KSP66LTCub
– BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 28, 2019
The board wrote on Twitter, Bolt will take 4 weeks to rehab. The player will soon be selected as their substitute.
A ball from Mitchell Starc was hit by bolts
Bolt was batting on the third day of the Melbourne Test. Then Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc had a ball on his right gloves. During the break, he (Bolt) went to the hospital and the investigation revealed the fracture. He was dismissed by Mitchell Starc for 8 runs. He bowled 31 overs in the first innings and was able to take just one wicket for 91 runs. Australia scored 467 runs in the first innings thanks to 114 runs by Treves Head and 85 runs by Steve Smith. In response, New Zealand were able to score 148 runs in the first innings. For Australia, Pat Cummins took 5 wickets and James Pattinson took 3 wickets.
Bolt bowled even after fracture on third day
Whether Bolt will bowl the remaining days of the Boxing Day Test is not clear. However, despite a fracture in the index finger of the right hand, he bowled 9 overs in Australia's second innings on Saturday. He suffered an injury to his rib in a Test match against England last month. As a result, he did not even play the first day-night Test played in Perth on the current Australia tour. In that match, the hosts defeated New Zealand by 296 runs.
At the end of the third day's play in the Melbourne Test, Australia scored 137 runs losing 4 wickets in the second innings. On this basis, the hosts have taken a 456-run lead over New Zealand.