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Trent Boult out of NatWest Series with England because of injury

Trent Boult: Side injury costly for New Zealand seamer

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New Zealand seamer Trent Boult will miss the NatWest Series against England with a torn side muscle.

Boult, who will almost certainly have to sit out the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy as well, suffered the injury early in England's second innings of the second Test at Headingley.

The left-armer's place in the three-match 50-over series will be taken by Ian Butler.

A team spokesman was unable to confirm whether there was a chance that Boult, who took five wickets in the first innings in Leeds, would be fit again for their first match in the tournament on June 9, when they face Sri Lanka at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.

His absence from the Champions Trophy squad will have to be ratified by the ICC, as will Butler's selection as a replacement player.

Boult is the second player in New Zealand's squad to be hit by injury after Andrew Ellis suffered a fractured rib and lost his place to Doug Bracewell.

The NatWest Series starts on Friday at Lord's with further matches at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 2 and Nottingham's Trent Bridge three days later.