Published: February 14, 2020 11:46:22 am
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is not expecting to be picked in New Zealand’s Test squad on Monday for the series in opposition to India as he recovers from a calf harm that ruined his debut in opposition to Australia late final 12 months.
Ferguson broke down after bowling simply 11 overs within the first Test in Perth and has been working his means again to health for Auckland in home cricket.
He expects to play New Zealand’s home one-day closing on Sunday and indicated the limited-overs series in opposition to Australia in March was a extra practical goal for his worldwide return.
“Of course the goal is for me to get back as soon as possible, but there is so much cricket coming up this year,” he instructed Stuff Media in Auckland on Friday.
“We’ve acquired quite a lot of white-ball stuff and I head away to the IPL as effectively, so it’s necessary with a calf harm, the place there’s a excessive share likelihood of re-injury, that we be conservative.
“Sunday’s my focus and then I’ll be looking to play some first-class cricket.”
Despite making his Test debut final December, Ferguson is realistically fifth within the pecking order behind the established trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner after which Matt Henry.
Boult broke his hand in Australia however skilled with the nationwide facet earlier this week in Mt. Maunganui earlier than they wrapped up a 3-Zero sweep within the one-day series over India and will play the primary Test that begins on Feb. 21 in Wellington.
“It’s not an easy side to make, the New Zealand Test side,” Ferguson added. “Not that it’s easy to make any of the sides, but they’ve been exceptional for so long, and especially the fast-bowling attack, that’s been very settled for a long time.”
He additionally acknowledged that regardless of being thought of as extra of a limited-overs bowler on the worldwide stage, he was nonetheless motivated to play the longest type of the sport.
“Since I started playing professional cricket, it has been my goal to play Test cricket, because personally I feel that’s the biggest challenge,” he stated.
“I’m clearly tremendous stoked to be taking part in one-dayers and T20s for New Zealand, I like each second of it, however taking part in red-ball has been an enormous aim of mine.
“On the day it wasn’t to be (in Perth), I solely acquired via 11 overs, and it was actually irritating.
“But it’s one of those things. When you bowl quick, injuries can sometimes happen.”
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