Cricket-NZ Ferguson fast pitcher eager to press his test credentials again


WELLINGTON, Nov.21 (Reuters) – New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is eager to resume his sorely stuck trial career, but admits he’s struggling to make the squad this summer.

Ferguson, 29, who has been an almost certain choice for New Zealand’s limited overs team since late 2016, made his long-awaited test debut last year against Australia.

His dream, however, only lasted 11 times before limping with a calf injury in the crippling heat of Perth.

Auckland teammate Kyle Jamieson then took his own opportunity to set his test credentials and won nine wickets in the two-test series against India, to give coach Gary Stead substantial depth in the game. bowling department.

“The test team are a really difficult team to train, there is so much depth,” Ferguson told reporters at his compulsory isolation center in Christchurch after returning from the Indian Premier League last week.

The ‘big three’ on the team – Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner – “have been so successful for a long time,” Ferguson said.

“When you see the depth, Kyle Jamieson… taking his opportunity and playing great, puts pressure on the other bowlers to do well throughout the levels.

“I think that’s great. For me, honestly, if that means I have to work hard to get an opportunity and have a chance on that side… I’ll do my best to grab it with open arms. “

Ferguson has not been named to the 13-man try-out squad to face the West Indies in two games from December 3, but he has been selected for all three of Twenty20, which begins in Auckland on Friday.

The right armeur will not be released from solitary confinement until Thursday with Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Tim Seifert to join the Twenty20 squad.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and swift left arm Boult, also isolated, were put to rest ahead of the series of tests.


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