Boult ready for Black Caps return

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Trent Boult will make his New Zealand return in the opening One-Day International against Australia on Sunday after overcoming a knee problem.

The 27-year-old aggravated a problem with the joint in his right knee and was forced to miss the second Test with Pakistan in Hamilton last week.

New Zealand's bowling attack coped well without him as the Black Caps secured a 138-run win and a 2-0 triumph in the series.

Boult will bolster their line-up for the first of three ODIs on the other side of the Tasman Sea, the opening match taking place in Sydney.

"He's recovered," coach Mike Hesson said when asked about Boult.

"I think when you know you've only got to bowl 10 overs, it's a lot easier than obviously the demands of the Test match."

Inflicting a first Test-series defeat on Pakistan since 1985 was a huge boost for the Kiwis, but captain Kane Williamson knows they must re-focus ahead of another tough challenge.

He said: "One thing I do know is winning's a lot better than losing, so I guess it's nice coming away with a series win, having played very good cricket as a unit.

"In saying that, the change in format, also the change in side, means that it is a separate challenge.

"It is important you bring yourself back to the challenges that are in front of you."