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Boult swings in to tame tourists in Christchurch

27th December 2018, 15:20 by Simon Barlow

Trent Boult bowled New Zealand into a strong position by taking 6-4 in only 15 balls with devastating late swing against Sri Lanka.

The seamer admitted he had found his rhythm after he ripped through the Sri Lankan line up with an incredible spell of swing bowling on day two of the Boxing Day Test at Christchurch.

"I suppose it can be easy to get frustrated a little bit, figuring out why things aren't happening," said Boult, who had bowled 10 overs for no wicket on the opening day.

"With a little bit more experience – I'm getting old now – realising it can be funny game, it's probably about turning up with the right attitude, trying to put the ball in the right areas, and I was just lucky enough to get a bit of reward."

The Sri Lankans had little answer to the late movement Boult got as the left-armer cleaned up the tail to skittle the tourists for 104 in their first innings.

The last four wickets of Boult's career-best haul of 6-30 were all lbw, with a couple of the batsmen not offering a shot.

"It's all about rhythm for me," he added. "It's about getting into a groove. A couple of wickets gives you a bit of confidence and just lets you go about your thing.

"One of the strengths of the side is bowling for each other"

"The plans were simple this morning – it was about building pressure on the guys and it was nice to exploit a bit of their weaknesses with some swing bowling. I was just trying to pitch the ball up really."

New Zealand extended their lead to 305 with eight wickets still in hand after reaching 231-2 in their second innings at the close of play.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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