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New Zealand’s Ferguson unlikely to play test series vs India

Prime News, International and National Sport, Cricket, Wellington (New Zealand), February 14:- 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 on Sunday 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 on Friday.

“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 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. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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