Blow to Black Caps a ack
– New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the remaining two Tests against Australia, but the embattled tourists are confident spearhead Trent Boult will be fit to provide a spark in the Boxing Day Test.
The hapless Black Caps struggled against an in-form Australia in the first Test at Perth Stadium and were blown away by 296 runs.
New Zealand have won only one Test in Australia since their sole series triumph across the Tasman Sea in 1985/86 and their prospects of winning a second nose-dived when debutant Ferguson suffered a calf strain on day one and he was unable to bowl. –