Trent Boult of New Zealand is set to make a comeback during the England series

Boult’s Team New Zealand is scheduled to announce their World Cup squad and subsequently engage in a final ODI warm-up series in Bangladesh later in the same month

(Cricket News) Boult is on the brink of making his return to One-Day Internationals (ODIs) after nearly a year’s hiatus. His inclusion in New Zealand’s 15-member squad for a four-match series against England in September, just ahead of the World Cup, marks a significant development.

Boult, who opted out of a national contract last year, has been absent from the ODI format since the series loss of 3-0 to Australia in Cairns back in September. Nonetheless, Boult is now on course to participate in the World Cup to be held in India. The upcoming series against England, commencing on September 8 in Cardiff, provides him with an opportunity to regain his rhythm.

In the same vein, fellow fast bowler Kyle Jamieson has also secured a spot in the squad captained by Tom Latham. Having recuperated from back surgery, Jamieson’s selection has been welcomed by New Zealand Cricket.

Coach Gary Stead expressed his enthusiasm about including Kyle Jamieson, stating, “He’s been working extremely hard on his rehabilitation following back surgery and we’re looking forward to seeing him back playing on the international stage.” Moreover, Trent Boult’s return to the ODI unit has also been lauded, as he initiates his preparations for the upcoming World Cup in India.

However, a few players will miss the series due to personal reasons. All-rounders Mark Chapman and Jimmy Neesham will be absent as they await the arrival of their first children. On the other hand, Kane Williamson will join the team during the England tour, engaging in training and continuing his rehabilitation post-surgery for a ruptured knee ligament sustained in April.

While all-rounder Michael Bracewell remains unavailable due to his ongoing recovery from a ruptured Achilles surgery conducted in June, New Zealand is poised to announce their World Cup squad in early September. In addition, a final ODI warm-up series is on the agenda in Bangladesh later that month.

For the upcoming matches, New Zealand also disclosed an expanded T20 squad for a three-match series against the United Arab Emirates, which is set to commence next week. Following that, a four-match series against England is scheduled to kick off on August 30.

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