The 29-year-old New Zealand right-arm fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, who impressed in the entire ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, wants to play for his national team regularly in all the three formats.
Lockie Ferguson made his international debut in December 2016 during the Sydney ODI against Australia (4th December 2016). While he is currently the regular member in the limited-overs squad, he just made his Test debut in last December during Australia tour.
Till the date, Ferguson has played only Test, 37 ODIs and eight T20Is where the right-arm fast bowler has taken 69 ODI wickets and 14 T20I wickets. Ferguson now wants to serve New Zealand regularly in all the three formats.
He said according to ESPNcricinfo, “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind three years being on tour and playing all year round. And just to reflect on how that went, what kind of player I want to be in the future and how best I can be suited to hopefully playing all three formats because I want to play all three formats for the country.”
In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, New Zealand reached their second consecutive World Cup final, where they lost against the hosts England on the boundary countback rule. Ferguson played one of the crucial roles for this team in that tournament as he finished as the second most wicket-taker in that tournament with 21 wickets.
Test cricket is one of those formats I really want to play: Lockie Ferguson
While Ferguson made his Test debut during the Perth Test against the hosts Australia in last December, he got a right calf muscle-tendon strain during that game and ended with the wicket-less bowling figures. So, he is still waiting for his first Test wicket.
The Kiwi pacer added about his Test debut, “I have certainly been excited to be part of the [Test] squad and getting a bit of taste of Test cricket although it wasn’t to be my Test match but certainly it’s in my goals. Test cricket is one of those formats I really want to play and by no means do I look lightly upon T20s and one-dayers because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing those. The goal is still alive within all three formats and how best I can play in all three and be an effective player and most importantly how to get us more wins.”
Like many people of the world, Lockie Ferguson also recently experienced the lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak, and he utilised this period to analyse himself.
Ferguson said, “The lockdown treated everyone differently but certainly for myself, it gave me the time naturally to reflect on what’s happened in the last few years.”
Ferguson has already started the training in the winter training camp in Mount Maunganui, where the Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson and some other Kiwi players from the northern part are also present.