Trent boult completed 200 Test wickets    Getty Images
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During the second Test against West Indies, Trent Boult became the sixth New Zealand cricketer to complete 200 Test wickets. Boult bagged the wicket of captain Kraigg Brathwaite to reach the landmark as New Zealand sealed the series 2-0. Before Boult, Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori, Chris Martin, Chris Cairns and teammate Tim Southee have reached the landmark. Among them, Boult’s average of 28.37 is the second-best, after Hadlee’s. Boult has played 52 Tests till now. He is currently also the fifth highest wicket-taker among the left-arm fast bowlers, following Wasim Akram, Chaminda Vaas, Mitchell Johnson and Zaheer Khan.

West Indies did a good job restricting New Zealand at 373 in the first innings but failed with bat, getting all out for 221. Boult picked up 4 wickets in the innings and needed 2 to complete 200 wickets, of which he got one on Day Three. Ross Taylor’s 107* had powered New Zealand to 291 for 8 before Kane Williamson declared the innings and West Indies were set for 444.

Player Matches Innings Wickets Average Econonmy
Richard Hadlee 86 150 431 22.29 2.63
Daniel Vettori 112 185 361 34.15 2.58
Chris Martin 71 126 233 33.81 3.37
Chris Cairns 62 104 218 29.4 3.28
Tim Southee 58 107 208 31.45 3.05
Trent Boult 52 98 200 28.56 2.98

The visitors then crumbled in front of New Zealand’s pace attack consisting Boult, Southee and Neil Wagner, being reduced to 80 for 5. Roston Chase did some damage control with the only half-century of the innings, but could not hold on for long, eventually getting out for 64. West Indies were then wrapped up for 203, which handed the hosts a 240-run victory.