Trent Boult is one of the finest fast bowlers of his period, and when he quits, he will be remembered as an all-time New Zealand great. However, because he is not especially widely recognised for his hitting skills, his name is not often included when a new batting record is achieved. But that is exactly what occurred on Tuesday, when Boult went on to become the highest scoring No.11 in Test cricket history. On Day 5 of the second Test at Trent Bridge, Boult hit 17 runs in 15 balls against New Zealand, bringing his career total at the position to 640 runs from 79 innings.
Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka previously held the record, scoring 623 runs in 98 innings. At No.11, Boult averages 16.41 and has an unbeaten 52 against Bangladesh.
It should be noted that England veteran James Anderson, who eventually dismissed Boult and ended New Zealand’s innings, is close behind Boult with 618 runs in 165 innings.