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Trent Boult has joined Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori and Sir Richard Hadlee in an exclusive club of New Zealand cricketers to take 300 Test wickets during the second Test between the Kiwis and Bangladesh at Christchurch.
"To join him [Southee] and Daniel and Sir Richard is very special. I think we met towards the end of under-17s cricket. I'm always learning off him, I think he has an incredible work ethic and his record speaks for itself. That comes from a lot of hard yards and his desire to be better every day. It's always a great feeling when both of us are taking wickets and really enjoying it" Boult said after the day's play, having picked up his ninth five-for in Tests to help roll Bangladesh over for 126 in reply to New Zealand's 521 for 6 declared.
"It definitely means a lot," "I am sure it will sink in over the coming days. It comes with a bit of hard work, fitness and pride in your performance,” he added.
To collapse Bangladesh batting order, Boult removed Shadman Islam and Najmul Hossain Shanto from top, while Southee removed Mohammad Naim and Mominul Haque. At that point, the visitors were 11 for 4, and Boult took Liton Das off after tea to make it 27 for 5.
"That's the beauty of Test cricket. The little subtleties that come with different grounds, winds. The wicket obviously offers a bit of bounce with grass on it. I thought the way the boys started, to get a couple of wickets early, not really letting up on the pressure, I suppose we did what we spoke about. It is simply to get them playing on the front foot, and bowl for each other at each end. Only half the job done but it was a satisfying afternoon,” Boult said.
"I am generally trying to pitch the ball up. Get a bit of movement in the air. The wicket offers a bit of bounce. It has a good grass covering. The wind is the big thing for us as a bowling unit. It is generally left to right. It suits me and Timmy nicely, and then [Neil] Wagner and KJ [Kyle Jamieson] come in behind to do the stuff they do."