New Zealand eyes Ferguson’s comeback to bolster bowling


New Zealand’s bowling unit has been underwhelming for a large part of the World Cup, and skipper Kane Williamson on Wednesday hoped returning pacer Lockie Ferguson could impart some fire to their attack alongside new ball pair Trent Boult and Tome Southee.
Ferguson had missed the last couple of games with right Achilles injury. His presence could be vital for New Zealand as they face Sri Lanka in a must-win match here on Thursday.
“He (Ferguson) balances out our attack nicely and made some really valuable contributions in the tournament and brings a bit of experience as well.”
“So, naturally comes in and bowls with that high pace and it complements our new ball bowlers. So, we’ll have to have a look at the surface and decide on our balance,” said Williamson during the pre-match press meet.
Williamson backed left-arm pacer Boult to come good in the crunch game against the Lankans.
Boult has taken 10 wickets from eight matches in the tournament but he really has not been to able to make an impact with the new ball as he often does.
“He’s world class. The second half (of WC) or a few of these games that we’ve had, the pitches have been very good and players have been playing well. It can be quite dependent on the assistance you might get as well with the new ball.” “He’s very experienced and done that on a number of occasions. There’s another opportunity tomorrow for the guys to go out and operate and try and apply their skills,” he added.
Williamson praised batter Rachin Ravindra for his consistent efforts in the showpiece.