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Lockie Ferguson will hope to capitalize on pace to cause trouble in England

Lockie Ferguson will hope to capitalize on pace to cause trouble in England

Lockie Ferguson was named in the 15-man squad for the two-match Test series against England. Yet to make his debut for the Kiwis in the longest format of the sport, Lockie Ferguson is hopeful of causing the English team anxiety with his pace and speed. His Test call-up came as a reward of his excellent and consistent performances in white-ball formats for the national team and on the first-class domestic circuit.

Lockie Ferguson, understandably elated at a call-up that has eluded him for a good part of seven years, is hoping to case flutters in the opposition camp with his visceral pace. “That’s part of my role in the team … to bring a bit of anxiety potentially by bowling extra speed,” Ferguson said on Friday (November 15). “England has the same thing with the Jofra Archers and the like and it does the same thing for both teams. Hopefully, I can showcase the talents I have.

“It [Test cricket] opens you up to different tactics in how you bowl at batters and putting them under pressure and potentially making them a little bit nervous about the short ball.”

Ferguson has enjoyed a very successful in international white-ball cricket, particularly at the World Cup in England where his 21 wickets were second best to only Mitchell Starc’s tally. But the fast bowler is aware of the completely different demands of red-ball cricket.

“It’s definitely going to be a new challenge. Like all the formats, it took a step up from the domestic level. Fortunately, I’ve played quite a lot of these (England) players before, so it’s not completely new. But the red ball is a whole different beast. It’s the long-form both mentally and physically and so it’s going to be a challenge for sure,” Ferguson said.

“I understand what it takes to be a fast bowler at that level. You can’t always go 100 percent like you potentially can at one-day and T20. You have to pick and choose when to bowl quick spells and that’s part of the learning process that I’ve been working to for a few years now. But at the same time, you have to be accurate.

Personally, that’s one thing I’ve worked on for a long time – bowling quick but making sure I’m putting it where I want to put it.”

Currently placed second behind India in the World Test Championships, New Zealand bowling unit is built on the pace attack of Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, and Tim Southee. Ferguson realizes it will be hard to break into the starting XI with these names involved, but is eager to relish the challenge nonetheless.

“We’ve got three internationally recognized world-class bowlers who have been doing an exceptional job and put us to No. 2 on the test rankings. That’s awesome and it’s great to be around those guys learning. It’s going to be a tough team to break into but there’s obviously a lot of Test cricket coming up,” Ferguson said

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