Lungi Ngidi declared “100% fit” for New Zealand clash
South Africa get a huge boost ahead of their all-important New Zealand clash on Wednesday as their star pacer Lungi Ngidi has passed fit following his hamstring injury for the first time after the match against Bangladesh on June 2.
“I’ve just completed a fitness test today and passed that, so I’m match-fit ready. It’s 100%,” he said. “That is how the fitness test goes. If you are not bowling at 100%, at that point you are clearly not prepared to play. Today was as hard as I could go, at match-power,” Ngidi said.
The 23-year old Ngidi suffered a left hamstring injury during team’s defeat against Bangladesh on June 2 at The Oval and hobbled out of the field bowling only four overs. Later, the team management confirmed that Ngidi would be out for atleast a week to 10 days. So, eventually he missed the match against India, West Indies and Afghanistan.
“It’s been tough. Injuries are never pleasant yet with the support staff I’ve had around me, it’s been entirely decent. Other than being off the field, I’ve been good. Simply disappointed by not having the option to make a couple of matches,” the right-arm pacer said.
It will surely be a huge assistance for the South Africa pace attack as they had to field a weak bowling attack in their previous matches. And so their bowling attack looked gloomy in those matches as they lost by a big margin against Bangladesh and India. But they successfully came back against the Afghans in their last match with a crushing 9-wicket victory and are looking forward to continue their form against the unbeaten New Zealand.
“I don’t think their middle-order and lower-order batsmen have been tried enough,” Ngidi said. “The majority of the guys who have scored the runs are at the top of the order. Perhaps a couple [wickets] in advance, get those folks, get their middle-order in as soon as possible, and you could be taking a gander at different circumstances with regards to their batting,” the paceman said when asking about facing the inform New Zealand side.
South Africa and New Zealand will face each other on Wednesday, June 19 at Edgbaston. South Africa are currently at 8th position with 3 points and New Zealand are at 2nd position with 7 points in the point table.