Injury ends Boult’s England tour

New Zealand’s left-arm swing bowler was an unexpected absentee from Sunday’s third one-day international against England at the Ageas Bowl, replaced by debutant Ben Wheeler.

Then with the series score level at 1-1, it was announced in a New Zealand press release that he is to return home with a stress injury to his back.

New Zealand have yet to name a replacement for Boult in the final two matches at Trent Bridge and Chester-le-Street, but batsman Colin Munro has joined the squad following all-rounder Corey Anderson’s tour-ending back injury.

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