Trent Boult Ruled Out of Remainder of Australia Series With Broken Hand
Boult will require around four weeks of rehabilitation. © Twitter

New Zealand were in for a massive blow on Saturday when pace spearhead Trent Boult fractured his non-bowling hand and will miss the third Test against Australia.

Boult, who was only returning from injury, was struck on the glove by a Mitchell Starc bouncer late in New Zealand’s first innings 148 on Day Three of the second Test in Melbourne. He needed medical attention but bowled in Australia’s second innings.

“Trent Boult will return home to New Zealand following the second Test after suffering a fracture to the second-metacarpal of his right hand,” a team spokesman said. “He will require around four weeks of rehabilitation.”

The BlackCaps also made the news official via Twitter. “Trent Boult will return home to New Zealand following the 2nd Test after suffering a fracture to the second-metacarpal of his right hand while batting on day three. He will require around four weeks of rehabilitation. A replacement player will be confirmed in due course,” read the tweet.

It was a bitter pill for Boult who missed New Zealand’s last two Tests, against England and Australia, with a rib injury.

“Obviously gutting news for Trent and for our group to have someone like that ruled out with his injury. Disappointing,” said New Zealand opener Tom Latham.