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Wicketless Boult unlucky: Jurgensen

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/08/2016

New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen has some sympathy for Trent Boult after he went wicketless on day three of the second Test against Zimbabwe.

The left-armer toiled away on a tame wicket conceding just 37 runs from his 21 overs.

He had an lbw appeal against Chamu Chibhabha denied early in the day at Bulawayo's Queens Sports Club before seeing Sean Williams dropped on a duck by wicket-keeper BJ Watling.

"He's improved every spell on this tour so far. He's got a lot more confidence and is really hitting the wicket hard. I think he's been quite unlucky," said Jurgensen as Zimbabwe reached 305 for six at the close, still trailing the Black Caps by 277 runs.

"He's bowled really well and has missed out so far, but that's what happens on these types of wickets sometimes."

While Boult couldn't make a breakthrough the remainder of the Black Caps attack made steady inroads, reducing Zimbabwe to 147-5 before Craig Ervine (115 not out) and Peter Moor (63) put on 148 runs for the sixth wicket.

"We probably didn't bowl quite as well as we wanted to with the second new ball," conceded Jurgensen.

"Credit to the Zimbabwe batters they batted well. We know they are not going to lie down so we just had to keep fighting."

But Jurgensen remained confident the Blacks Caps were still a good chance of closing out the Test with two days remaining and the visitors into the batting tail.

"It's still only day three and from our perspective we've got the runs on the board and we've still got a lot of time in the game," he said.

"There were signs today that the carry is starting to get a bit lower and it maybe took a bit more turn than the last two days. So hopefully there will be a little bit more for the bowlers."

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