Absence of Southee-Boult Partnership

Introduction

Tim Southee & Trent Boult have been one of the celebrated New ball Pairs in the last decade globally. They certainly are New Zealand’s most successful pair by a distance. Since you can draw a lot of parallel’s to Bowling conditions in UK from their home conditions, it makes them a deadly partnership to have in your Armory.

Trent Boult wicket taking Spree in UK

Trent Boult has an absolutely immaculate Career bowling average with 28 Runs per Wicket. With those numbers, a fielding captain can often rely on him for constant wickets. As i mentioned in the introduction related to the similarity in the bowling conditions in UK & NZ, Hence it is quite relatable for him to be performing as better has he does at home.

This is also very much proven by below statistics which show that his Bowling average gets even better than his career average in UK. This implies that his Wicket taking ability is more lethal

To add to the above visual, of we look at his performances by Innings in all the Tests that he has played in England it shows that he has been a real Wicket taking machine across 2 tours to England so far. Apart from one Innings where he had a Side strain which stopped him bowling more than 2 overs.

It shows that with every outing in England, he has picked wickets & at very reasonable rates.

Tim Southee’s Inconsistency in UK

Tim Southee is more experienced campaigner compared to his new ball partner Boult. He has also been one of the major forces with the ball for Kiwis from over a decade.

His Career Performances are also quite remarkable. His bowling average is 28.7 runs per innings. This is truly exceptional & its very similar to Boult as well. With this Bowling average, the opposition Batting team needs to be very cautions as wickets might start tumbling at a rapid pace.

However in the 5 tests that he has played in England, his bowling average has been comparatively poor. He has picked wickets at 34 Runs a piece which means that his wickets more costlier than ever. This is explained in the chart below. It also shows that this average of 34 is highly skewed on account of one performance back in 2013. He picked 10 wickets in the match at Lords.

After Excluding this performance, it shows that his not really been that Wicket taking force which he has been in other conditions around the world in UK.

Southee-Boult Partnership

Since Boult was part of the IPL, his return to the tests against England on time has made it nearly impossible for him to play in this series. He has been told to part of the WTC final on 18th June vs. India.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/trent-boult-returns-to-new-zealand-and-could-miss-both-england-tests-1262375

But with respect to this series against England, there would be a huge miss for New Zealand given his past performances explained above.

Now what’s more interesting is the fact that when both these Swing & seam geniuses are playing together, Southee’s performances go number of notches higher up.

This is Proven with below chart which shows that how much Southee is dependent on Boult’s presence.

The Away bowling bar in Orange shows the impact of Boult playing along with Southee. It amplifies the fact that Nz will be missing Boult big time vs. England.

Concluding Thoughts

However on the positive side of things is that NZ have Wagner, Jamieson, Bracewell & Henry as backups. Will they be able to fill the gaping hole created by the missing Boult in this series?