New Zealand will now have to bowl with a bowler short as debutant Lockie Ferguson can no longer bowl in the ongoing Test match between Australia and New Zealand at Perth.
The young fast bowler has picked up a right calf muscle strain during the second session as he was sent back off the field for an MRI scan to examine the damage.
“An MRI scan has affirmed a right leg muscle-ligament strain for Lockie Ferguson which will avoid him bowling in the rest of his debut Test in Perth,” A statement issued by the team management.
“He is accessible to bat but we are yet to announce as his further report will advise the following stages regarding his recovery from the injury,”
Ferguson was added in the playing XI after senior pace bowler Trent Boult was ruled out of the Test match as he didn’t recover from the strain he picked up last month against England back home.
In his first spell, Ferguson was reaching the speeds of 150 km/h which made the kangaroos a bit difficult to face him. He would have his first Test wicket of priceless Steve Smith but he was dropped at slip.
Australia will resume their innings from 248-4 with Marcus Labuschagne and Travis Head sitting on 110 and 20 not-out respectively.