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Ferguson ruled out of T20I and Test series against Pakistan

In what comes as bad news to New Zealand national cricket team, Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I and Test series against Pakistan. New Zealand Cricket confirmed in a statement that the fast bowler will not take part in the upcoming assignments.

Ferguson was diagnosed with a partial stress fracture to his lumbar spine, the board confirmed the news on Wednesday. His recovery process will take at least 4 to 6 weeks and this means that he will no longer take part in the home series against the Green Shirts.

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What happened earlier?

During the T20I series against West Indies last month, the fast bowler picked up a lower back injury. He was named in team’s squad for Pakistan series. However, he backed out of the future assignments due to the injury crisis.

The board advised him to maintain ‘a period of rest and rehabilitation’ before making a comeback to cricket. He will also not take part in the Auckland Aces Super Smash T20 campaign. The pacer will not require any surgery now.

Meanwhile, Gary Stead is saddened by Lockie Ferguson’s injury. The New Zealand expects him to make a comeback for the series against Australia and Bangladesh that commence from late February 2021.

“We’re all really feeling for Lockie. Injuries are certainly part of our sport, but to get something like this when you’re at the very top of your game is especially disappointing,” Stead was quoted saying by Cricbuzz.

“The pace and skill he has been able to consistently produce has made him one of the best white ball bowlers in the world. He’s a huge asset for the Blackcaps.

Lockie has a great attitude and I know he’s up for the fight so he’ll get stuck into the rehab and we’re still hopeful he may get back on the park at the back end of summer,” he added.

Ferguson’s absence leaves a huge void in Kiwis’ set-up. The Black Caps will play against Pakistan without two first-choice players. Earlier this week, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme backed out of the forthcoming Tests with a stress fracture to his right knee.

The likes of Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and skipper Kane Williamson will also be missing out from the T20I opener. The first of the three-match T20I series between New Zealand and Pakistan will start from December 18.

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