WELLINGTON, New Zealand, CMC – Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been called into the Black Caps squad to face West Indies in the opening Test on Friday, joining wicketkeeper Tom Blundell who will replace injured first-choice gloveman, BJ Watling.
The 26-year-old Ferguson bowled with pace to trouble West Indies in the three-day tour match which ended yesterday in Lincoln, picking up a five-wicket in the first innings at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
“With Tim (Southee) awaiting the birth of his child, his availability is still uncertain at this point, so Lockie helps keep our bases covered,” selector Gavin Larsen said.
“Lockie’s been in good form domestically and showed good signs for New Zealand A as well. His extra pace brings a slightly different dimension to the attack.”
The Black Caps boast a seam attack which includes left-armers Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, along with Southee, and Ferguson’s addition will strengthen the unit.
Like Blundell, Ferguson is uncapped in Tests though he has already played seven One-Day Internationals.
The 27-year-old Blundell, meanwhile, was included after Watling failed to recover in time from a hip injury.