Captain Paine says Australia's home summer may be his last
Captain Paine says Australia's home summer may be his lastPaine, who turns 35 next month, was named captain after former skipper Steve Smith was handed a one-year ban in March 2018 for ball tampering and the wicketkeeper became the first Australian captain after Steve Waugh to retain the Ashes.
New Zealand paceman Trent Boult is in doubt for the second Test against England due to a rib problem. Boult was forced from the field on day five of the opening Test in Mount Maunganui on Monday after experiencing pain in the right side of his ribs. The experienced Black Caps quick will
New Zealand seamer Trent Boult is a doubt for the second Test against England after missing the final day of his side’s victory at Mount Maunganui with a rib injury. Fellow seamer Neil Wagner took 5-44 in Boult 's absence as the Black Caps bowled out their opponents for 197 to triumph by an innings
The Blackcaps are sweating on a scan to see if Trent Boult will be fit for the second test against England, which starts in Hamilton on Friday.
He only managed one over in the final day of the first test win, before succumbing to a side strain.
Captain Kane Williamson was also forced from the field late, but has since been cleared of any significant injury.
"He fell over and felt a little bit of tightness," said coach Gary Stead. "But he's had treatment and he's fine."
But the signs aren't as encouraging for Boult. He's undergone an MRI to determine the extent of the damage - the results of which are due on Wednesday - but he's not looking likely for the start of the second test.
Lockie Fergsuon - who toiled for 1-76 in Monday's one dayer against Wellington - and Matt Henry are the obvious replacements, but the Hamilton pitch may have the final say.
"If it's a very dry-looking wicket, there is the potential to play two spinners."
Play begins on NZ-England Test final day .
A drawn second Test and series win over England is on the cards for New Zealand as clouds gathered over Hamilton on the final day.Play began on time on the final day on Tuesday but a forecast of heavy rain in Hamilton from lunchtime is set to scupper England's already slim hopes of a win.