Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson who has been in great form in recent times is in contention to make his Test debut against England. He was named in the 15-man squad for the two-match Test series which begins on November 21. Kane Williamson has recovered from the hip injury that had bothered him during the T20Is and will return to take command of the side as skipper.
Lockie Ferguson has played 42 first-class games and has 153 wickets at an average of 24.30. Incidentally, the fast-bowler was added to the Test squad in November 2017 for the series against West Indies but didn’t play a game. The following year, he was rewarded with an NZC Central Contract after continuing to create waves in the white-ball formats of the game.
“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.”
The first Test will be played in Mount Maunganui before the action moves to Hamilton for the second Test. England has played five Tests so far in ICC World Test Championship and is fifth with 56 points. New Zealand, after playing two Tests in Sri Lanka, have 60 points and is second on the table behind India.
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