Sydney - Trent Boult is expected to be fit for New Zealand's
opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Sunday after the
strike bowler missed the second Test win over Pakistan due to knee discomfort.
Boult sustained a knee injury on New Zealand's tour of India
and he felt some discomfort when he slipped during the first Test against
Pakistan in Christchurch earlier this month.
He was ruled out of the second match in Hamilton, which New
Zealand won by 138 runs to clinch their first series win over Pakistan since
Coach Mike Hesson said Boult was tracking "very
well" for Sunday's opener in the Chappell-Hadlee series having passed a
"He's recovered. I think when you know you've only got
to bowl 10 overs, it's a lot easier than obviously the demands of the Test
match," Hesson told reporters before the team left for Australia on
Boult's return would be a boost for Hesson's side as they
make the quick transition from Test matches to one-day cricket, though captain
Kane Williamson said the confidence from their victory over Pakistan would
"One thing I do know is winning's a lot better than
losing, so I guess it's nice coming away with a series win, having played very
good cricket as a unit," Williamson said.
"In saying that, the change in format, also the change
in side, means that it is a separate challenge.
"It is important you bring yourself back to the
challenges that are in front of you."
Hesson added that New Zealand could also take confidence
from their consistent performances in the shorter versions of the game over the
last two to three years.
"We're a reliable white-ball side," he said.
"A lot of these guys have never played in Australia.
There'll be some good crowds, I'm sure, over there, plenty of hostility, and
for any New Zealand team going over there it's an exciting time, so we're
looking forward to it."
The first match is at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday
before the two sides clash in Canberra on December 6 and finish the series in
Melbourne on December 9.