Fer­gu­son won’t be rushed back

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Welling­ton

Fast bowler Lockie Fer­gu­son is not ex­pect­ing to be picked in New Zealand’s Test squad on Mon­day for the series against In­dia as he re­cov­ers from a calf in­jury that ru­ined his de­but against Aus­tralia late last year.

Fer­gu­son broke down af­ter bowl­ing just 11 overs in the first Test in Perth and has been work­ing his way back to fit­ness for Auck­land in do­mes­tic cricket.

He ex­pects to play New Zealand’s do­mes­tic one-day fi­nal to­mor­row and in­di­cated the limited overs series against Aus­tralia in March was a more re­al­is­tic tar­get for his in­ter­na­tional 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 told Stuff Me­dia in Auck­land yes­ter­day.

“We’ve got a lot of white-ball stuff and I head away to the IPL as well, so it’s im­por­tant with a calf in­jury, where there’s a high per­cent­age chance of re-in­jury, that we be con­ser­va­tive.

“Sun­day’s (to­mor­row) my fo­cus and then I’ll be look­ing to play some first-class cricket.”

De­spite mak­ing his Test de­but last De­cem­ber, Fer­gu­son is re­al­is­ti­cally fifth in the peck­ing or­der be­hind the es­tab­lished trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wag­ner and then Matt Henry.

Boult broke his hand in Aus­tralia

but trained with the na­tional side ear­lier this week in Mount Maun­ganui be­fore they wrapped up a 3-0 sweep in the one-day series over In­dia and should play the first Test that starts on 21 Fe­bru­ary 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 also ac­knowl­edged that de­spite be­ing con­sid­ered as more of a limited overs bowler at in­ter­na­tional level, he was still mo­ti­vated to play the long­est form of the game. –

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

LOCKIE FER­GU­SON

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