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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Trent Boult 'sorry for letting everyone down' on return to New Zealand

Pace bowler Trent Boult was among six Black Caps players making a low-key homecoming at Auckland airport, soaking up commiserations from a few fans and well-wishers.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Trent Boult 'sorry for letting everyone down' on return to New Zealand

Wellington: A group of rueful New Zealand players touched down on home soil on Thursday, still coming to terms with the gut-wrenching defeat to England in the World Cup final.

Pace bowler Trent Boult was among six Black Caps players making a low-key homecoming at Auckland airport, soaking up commiserations from a few fans and well-wishers.

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Trent Boult is still coming to terms with gut-wrenching defeat to England in the World Cup final. Reuters

The left-armer was still haunted by the deflection off Ben Stokes’s bat in the 50th over that raced to the boundary and helped send the final into a Super Over before England claimed the win on the total boundaries scored.

“It’s natural to nitpick, to wonder about all those little things and how it could have been a totally different game,” he told reporters at the airport.

“I’ve been living that last over in my mind a lot — somehow I got hit for six along the ground which has never happened before.

“To see the scores level (after the Super Over) and still lose, yeah, that was a pretty unique situation.”

England’s maiden World Cup title denied New Zealand their first but the class shown by Black Caps captain Kane Williamson and his players in defeat generated global acclaim.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she wanted to put on a home-coming celebration for the team but their different schedules and commitments have put the idea on ice for the time being.

Boult said he was overwhelmed by the messages of support from the public.

“We’ve just been on a plane 15 hours and there were a lot of Kiwis saying ‘we felt for you’,” he said.

“I didn’t really know what to say. Obviously, we’re all hurting and we’re sorry for letting everyone down.

“I just want to get home, walk my dog along the beach and try to forget about it but it’s gonna be a hard one to swallow for the next couple of years.”

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Updated Date: July 18, 2019 10:36:21 IST

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