Adelaide - The chances of key New Zealand
paceman Trent Boult overcoming a back injury and playing in the historic
day-night Test have improved after he came through training without problems,
team coach Mike Hesson said on Wednesday.
Boult has been troubled by an irritated
disc and was in doubt for Friday's third and final Test against Australia in
The left-armer showed few signs of
discomfort while bowling eight overs in the nets at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday,
five of them at "full intensity", according to Hesson.
Hesson and captain Brendon McCullum will
make a final call on Thursday on whether Boult will take his place in the Black
Caps team for the world's first day-night Test.
Provided there are no setbacks and the swing
specialist pulls up well, he is likely to take part.
"We just have to see how he scrubs up
tomorrow(Thursday)," Hesson told reporters.
"He doesn't give too much away but he
got through it and he was fine.
"He got better as the day went on. If
he backs up tomorrow he'll be good to go. We're relatively confident."
The Kiwis are keen to have Boult bowling
with the pink ball under floodlights following his form at this year's World
Boult claimed 22 wickets with the white
ball in the ODI tournament, topping the wicket-taking list alongside
Australia's Mitchell Starc.
"He's pretty keen," Hesson said.
"We'll give him every chance. When
he's on song he is a big player for us, so we'll give him every opportunity.
"But we're also not going to push him
if there's a risk."
Left-armer Neil Wagner is expected to be
called into the team if Boult is ruled out.
Hesson said Wagner and left-arm spinner
Mitchell Santner would come under consideration regardless.
"Over the five days the pitch will
deteriorate at a slightly different rate than normal, so we need to acknowledge
that and see whether two spinners is an option," he said.