Lockie Ferguson In Contention For Test Debut Against England
New Zealand’s gun fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is in contention to make his Test debut after he was named in the team’s 15-man squad for the two-match Test series against England. Ferguson has earned the Test call after consistent performances in the white-ball format of the game.
The Kiwis full-time skipper Kane Williamson will also get back in action after missing the five T20Is due to hip injury. Meanwhile, Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner will be Blackcaps two spinners in the squad.
Ferguson has impressed in the white-ball format.
On the other hand, Lockie Ferguson has featured in 42 First-Class matches in which he has taken 153 wickets at an average of 24.30. Ferguson has impressed with his brisk pace and he would like to hit the ground running in the Test matches.
In fact, Ferguson had received his maiden Test call back in 2017 against West Indies but he could not break into the final XI.
The first Test match will take place at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui from November 21.
“There’s no doubt Lockie has been knocking on the door for a while now and we’re delighted to finally bring him into the Test fold,” said selector Gavin Larsen.
“It’s well documented he has raw pace, but he also possesses a quality bowling skillset and has proved his durability. He showed good form against England in the recent T20 series and backed that up with a solid outing for the Auckland Aces in the Plunket Shield, where he claimed 4 for 23 against the Wellington Firebirds.
“Our pace bowling stocks are strong at the moment and we feel Lockie will add another dimension to the picture and will create some great competition.”
Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk).
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