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Trent Boult has the chance to achieve something his childhood hero Wasim Akram never managed - by putting his name on the Lord's honours board.

Boult's left-arm swing undermined England with six first-innings wickets in the drawn Test at Auckland, where the tourists hung on for a 0-0 series stalemate in March.

On Thursday the rematch begins with the first Investec Test at HQ and, if he can back up his Eden Park performance, Boult knows his name will be etched on the wall forever.

That is something which proved beyond the great Wasim, even when he and his fellow Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis were terrifying England batsmen - often with the old ball and reverse-swing.

Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram appears for Pakistan at Lord's, where he was never able to earn a place on the honours board. New Zealand's Trent Boult will aim to better his childhood hero by doing so this week

Boult's methods are more conventional but potentially effective, especially if cloudy conditions persist in London.

"Idolising Wasim Akram and what he did, it has always been with me that I want to be a swing bowler," he said. "That's what started me off."

Asked if he has his eyes on the five-wicket haul which would put his name on the board, the 23-year-old said: "I hope so."

Back to his specialist subject, he is more effusive about Wasim.

"It doesn't get much better than him, in regards to world-class bowlers and left-arm bowlers around the world," he said.

"I watched a lot of him growing up. I didn't really mould myself on what he does but I like how he moves the ball and bowled at a pretty good clip.

"He was the master of a lot of things. Obviously conditions where he came from suited reverse-swing, but he could still move the ball conventionally."

Boult's personal fortunes here and at Headingley next week are likely to have a direct bearing on the outcome of another awkward assignment for England.

On the prospect of going one better than at home, by beating England this time, he said: "That's what we're here to do - we're definitely hoping for a series win, and first of all a Test win at Lord's."

The Kiwis 'outswung' England two months ago, but a change of ball and surroundings may change that.

England captain Alastair Cook fell four times in the series to either Boult or his fellow left-armer Neil Wagner.

"There is no doubt Cook is a world-class player, but I personally enjoy bowling to left-handed batsmen," added Boult.

"I'm not going to say I'm going to try and target him - but if we as a bowling group deliver our plans to him, we could be pretty successful.

"If the ball does tend to swing I feel like I'm always in the game to left-handed batsman. If 'overheads' are right it suits our bowling group."

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