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Boult chasing best form against Bangladesh

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly
Trent Boult © Getty Trent Boult

New Zealand paceman Trent Boult wants to deliver a reminder of his quality.

A proven performer at Hagley Oval and coming up against a Bangladesh side low on batting strikepower and confidence, the scene is set for Boult to reclaim his mojo in the second Test.

The left-armer hasn't taken more than five wickets in total in his last 13 Tests.

There have been numerous handy contributions but not the match-altering spells that he and new ball partner Tim Southee specialised in from 2013-15.

Both have struggled to generate sideways movement in recent home series.

Neil Wagner has emerged as New Zealand's premier strike weapon through his aggressive, short-pitched methods on flat surfaces.

"I know there's a lot of hype on if the ball's swinging or it's not swinging," Boult said.

"I think I'm going OK but it's something that I'm always focusing on and trying to get better at.

"Looking across the board, not many people have come to New Zealand and swung the white ball or the red ball around over the last wee while."

Boult, 27, has taken more wickets (15) at Christchurch's relatively new venue than any player.

His chance of a decent haul will be enhanced if New Zealand win the toss and, almost certainly, bowl first on Friday morning.

"Much like a lot of wickets around New Zealand, the first couple of hours are crucial," Boult said.

Bangladesh face a test of their resilience after losing captain/wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (thumb) and opening batsman Imrul Kayes (thigh), who were both injured in the seven-wicket loss in Wellington.

Another key batsman, Mominul Haque, is also in doubt with a rib complaint.

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