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Butler in for Boult

Ian Butler was this morning confirmed as New Zealand's replacement for the injured Trent Boult in the Champions Trophy.

The Kiwis yesterday ruled Boult out of the NatWest Series, which begins against England at Lord's today, and named his fellow seamer Butler in his place for three one-day internationals over the next six days.

Boult tore a muscle in his side in the Headingley Test last weekend, and New Zealand knew he would not be fit for their Champions Trophy campaign either.

But they could not confirm that fact until the International Cricket Council's technical committee officially approved Butler as a tournament replacement.

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