Refreshed Boult seeks convincing series win


New Zealand seamer Trent Boult is relishing his return to one-day international action as the Black Caps seek to complete a series win against Sri Lanka.

Boult has played no part in the first four ODIs after the decision was taken to hand him a break due to a hectic Test schedule, but his return is a boost with Tim Southee ruled out with a foot injury.

New Zealand lead Sri Lanka 2-1 ahead of the fifth ODI, with the fourth contest declared a no-result after being abandoned due to rain.

Despite his limited preparation, Boult insists he is raring to go and determined to help his side get over the line at Mount Maunganui.

"It's nice to be back with the lads and back at my home ground. It's pretty nice, so it's going to be an interesting battle," he said ahead of Tuesday's contest.

"It's nice to get home, firstly, to enjoy the Christmas break and stuff like that, but I did manage to get a couple of bowls in here and I am itching to go.

"It's a good opportunity, a big opportunity to try and press a convincing series win in my opinion. The guys have been playing really well and I am looking forward to getting back out there."

New Zealand led the series 2-0 after a 10-wicket battering at Hagley Park in Christchurch on December 28.

Sri Lanka responded with an eight-wicket win last Thursday, and Boult says he always expected the tourists to come back fighting.

"They are a quality side and I think it was fair to say that they were outplayed in Hagley [Park]," he added.

"We always knew that they were going to come back strongly and they are in a good position now. It's going to be a big game for us and we're all looking forward to it."