New Zealand quick bowler Lockie Ferguson is raring to renew his cruelly stalled Test profession however recognises that he has a battle on his palms to make the aspect this summer season.
The 29-year-old Ferguson, who has been an virtually sure decide within the New Zealand limited-overs aspect since late 2016, made his long-awaited Test debut final yr towards Australia.
His dream, nevertheless, lasted simply 11 overs earlier than he limped off with a calf harm within the sapping warmth in Perth.
His Auckland teammate Kyle Jamieson then seized his alternative to ascertain his Test credentials and took 9 wickets within the two-Test collection towards India, to provide coach Gary Stead substantial depth within the tempo bowling division.
“The test side is a really tough team to make, there is so much depth,” Ferguson instructed reporters from his obligatory isolation facility in Christchurch after he returned from the Indian Premier League final week.
The aspect’s “big three” – Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner – “have been so successful for a long period of time,” Ferguson stated.
“When you see the depth, Kyle Jamieson … coming through and taking his opportunity and playing very well, puts pressure on other bowlers to perform well all through the levels.
“I think it’s great. For me, honestly, if it means I’ve got to work hard to get an opportunity and have a chance for that side. I’ll do everything I can to take it with open arms.”
Ferguson was not named within the 13-man Test squad to face West Indies in two video games beginning on December three however retained for the three Twenty20 matches, which begin on Friday in Auckland.
The right-armer will solely be launched from isolation on Thursday together with Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Tim Seifert to hyperlink with the Twenty20 aspect.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and left-arm fast Boult, who’re additionally in isolation, have been rested forward of the check collection.