Injured Ferguson sits out of Australia Test

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December 13, 2019

The news is a big blow for the tourists, who will have been looking to stay in the field

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A right calf muscle-tendon strain prevents Ferguson to take part in the first Test. Photo: AFP

New Zealand’s debutant paceman Lockie Ferguson will be unable to bowl for the remainder of the first Test against Australia because of a calf injury, New Zealand Cricket said on Friday.

Ferguson was brought into the side for the day-night match at Perth Stadium after pace spearhead Trent Boult was ruled out by a side injury.

The 28-year-old bowled 11 overs at a cost of 47 runs without taking a wicket as Australia reached 248-4 on the opening day of the match on Thursday.

"An MRI scan has confirmed a right calf muscle-tendon strain for Lockie Ferguson which will prevent him bowling in the remainder of the 1st Test, although he is available to bat," NZC said in a statement on Twitter.

"Awaiting a further report which will inform the next steps of his recovery."

The news is a big blow for the tourists, who will have been looking to stay in the field for as short a time as possible with temperatures again forecast to approach the 40 degrees Celsius mark in Perth on Friday.

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