#9 Trent Boult
Trent Boult was one of the best bowlers for New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup that saw them reach the finals. He has also been Brendon McCullum’s go-to man in whites, considering Tim Southee has been up and down all year, alternating bursts of great fast bowling with mediocre performances.
Boult picked up 36 wickets in just 8 Tests at 31.5 apiece with 2 five-wicket hauls. The 26-year-old left-arm fast bowler is still young in his career with just 37 matches under his belt but is closing in on 150 wickets with a career average under 30, the hallmark of a great bowler.
More importantly, Boult has shown, along with a capability of swinging the ball, the discipline to bowl good lines and lengths all day, day after day. He finished a recent series against Australia at home with 13 wickets, same as Hazlewood and Starc with a five-wicket haul that almost won New Zealand the game.Published 31 Dec 2015, 21:01 IST