New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult recently announced on social media that he and his wife Gert Smith are expecting their first child later this year. Boult had got hitched in a romantic ceremony at the Kauri Bay Boomrock in Clevedon, south of Auckland in August last year.
For this happy moment, he posted an adorable picture with his partner, a former primary school teacher in Mount Maunganui, with the caption: “Can’t wait to meet the newest member of our family later this year!” And what’s endearing is that the frame also includes the most important family member, his pet ‘Louie Boult’, who the cricketer often describes as the world’s best dog.
Having made his mark in the Indian Premier League over the seasons, Trent Boult was also the leading wicket-taker during the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. It’s interesting to know that the star cricketer is the sixth highest wicket-taker for New Zealand in Tests (215 scalps in 54 matches) and fifth highest in the T20Is (37 wickets in 25 games). Even when it comes to the ODI format, he has recorded 122 wickets in 66 matches and his winning partnership with bowler Tim Southee is often in news.
The Black Caps had chosen Boult to be a part of a full tour of UAE against Pakistan. However, in spite of agreeing to play in the Tests and ODIs, he had told the selectors well in advance that he would be on a “paternity leave” during the T20 Internationals before that.
This year has indeed turned out to be thrilling for the bowler. He has attained his career’s best Test bowling figure of 6 for 32 against England on his home ground earlier this year and also won the player of the series honour even after the Kiwis won.