ADELAIDE: New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult is in doubt for the day-night third test against Australia, starting at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, because of a back injury.
Left-armer Boult was unable to bowl in New Zealand's just-completed tour match against West Australia because of an irritated disc; the same injury suffered by his new ball partner Tim Southee during the first test at Brisbane.
Southee quickly recovered to bowl in the second test at Perth but head coach Mike Hesson said Boult will have to demonstrate full fitness by Wednesday to be considered for selection.
Hesson said Boult is "going to have to bowl flat out, two days out from the test. If he's able to get through that then he'll be considered for the test."