Lockie Ferguson has been named in the New Zealand squad for Test matches against England and Australia. The series against England will start from November 21. The fast bowler is set to make his Test debut in a two-match series. Ferguson has appeared in 42 first-class matches and has 153 scalps at an average of 24.3 under his belt.
The Blackcaps have also added fit-again skipper Kane Williamson in a 15-men squad to clash with England and Australia. He will return from the hip injury that kept him out of the recently concluded T20Is versus England to lead his side. They have made two changes from the squad that had travelled to Sri lanka.
Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel have been missed out from the team’s squad. Apart from Ferguson, they have included legspinner Todd Astle.
“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 Gavin Larsen, who is New Zealand’s selector.
“It’s well documented he has raw pace, but he also possesses a quality bowling skill set 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.”
New Zealand seam bowling trio Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner are also part of the squad. The first Test match will be played in Mount Maunganui.
Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Henry Nicholls, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Lockie Ferguson, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk)