Uncapped Ferguson called-up for England Tests
Lockie Ferguson is likely to make his debut in the longer format of the game as New Zealand announced 15-man squad for the two-test series.
After a thrilling content between New Zealand and England in the T20I series, the concentration now shifts to the longer format of the game. After showing tremendous display in both the limited-overs format, fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has now been called-up in New Zealand’s Test squad.
Skipper Kane Williamson also returns to the side after recovering from a hip injury. Ferguson has played 42 first-class games and has 153 wickets at an average of 24.30.
Gavin Larsen, the selector of New Zealand on the selection of Ferguson in the Test squad:
“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. 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,” he said.
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).