New Zealand’s express pacer, Lockie Ferguson, is all set to assume the captaincy role for the national side during their upcoming three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. This significant announcement came on a Saturday, marking a new chapter in Ferguson’s career. At 32 years old, he will be at the helm of the Black Caps in Bangladesh, following their white-ball encounters with England.
The Kiwis have been gearing up for this leadership change, having completed two practice games against Worcestershire in the T20 format. However, their recent performance in the T20 games against England wasn’t ideal, as they suffered defeats in the first two matches. The team’s itinerary includes two more T20 games, followed by a challenging four-match ODI series. All of this preparation is in anticipation of the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup.
Lockie Ferguson: From Pacer to Captain
Lockie Ferguson’s appointment as the captain of the Black Caps is a testament to his experience and leadership qualities. New Zealand’s head coach, Gary Stead, expressed his confidence in Ferguson, stating, “Lockie is an experienced bowler, and this is an opportunity for him to really lead from the front, not just for the bowling group but for the entire team.”
Ferguson gained valuable experience as captain during New Zealand’s recent tour wins against English county sides Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. This exposure has undoubtedly prepared him for the upcoming challenge in Bangladesh.
When Ferguson assumes the captaincy in Bangladesh, he will do so without the presence of New Zealand’s regular one-day captain, Kane Williamson, and stand-in skipper Tom Latham. Williamson is currently recovering from a knee injury, while Latham is part of a group of senior players who will be absent from the Bangladesh series. Their absence is primarily to prepare for the 50-overs World Cup scheduled to take place in India, starting in October.
Among the notable players who will be resting alongside Latham are Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, and Tim Southee. This decision underscores New Zealand’s commitment to long-term success and player well-being.
Trent Boult Returns
One of New Zealand’s star bowlers, Trent Boult, will be back in action during the ODI games in England and Bangladesh. Boult’s return is significant as he had been absent from the national team for nearly a year while participating in domestic T20 leagues in Australia, the United States, and India. His presence will undoubtedly bolster New Zealand’s bowling attack and add depth to their squad.
In conclusion, Lockie Ferguson’s appointment as captain for the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh signifies a new era in New Zealand cricket. With notable absences and returning stars, the Black Caps are gearing up for a series of challenges in both England and Bangladesh, all with their eyes firmly set on the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup.
(This story has not been edited by Smartkhabrinews staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)
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