Perth: 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 (NZC) said on Friday.
Ferguson was brought into the side for the day-night Test at Perth Stadium after pace spearhead Trent Boult was ruled out by a side injury.
INJURY UPDATE: 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. Awaiting a further report which will inform the next steps of his recovery #AUSvNZ
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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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The 53-man Pakistan squad will undergo further tests on Monday and in the meantime they remain confined to their rooms after permission to train while in isolation was revoked by New Zealand authorities.
The test was conducted on the group that arrived from the UAE on 14 November after participating in the recently-concluded IPL.
Kane Williamson has a hip injury and is also in a race to be fit for the two-match Test series against the West Indies in December.