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“Lockie has done extremely well in white-ball cricket in his start to his international career,” Black Caps quick Tim Southee said.

“He has got a great first-class record with the red ball, and has been around the group for a wee while with the England series.

“He is just waiting his chance. He obviously brings out-and-out pace with Tim and I swinging it. And Neil [Wagner] brings his own unique style to the game as well.

“So it’s nice to have another variation sitting there waiting for his chance.”


New Zealand overlooked Ferguson for the second Test against England last week, opting for Matt Henry ahead of the 28-year-old.

But it’s thought the Optus Stadium wicket could suit Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Wagner will also play his first Test on Australian soil, with New Zealand’s side looking as settled as it has in years.

“Neil will be thoroughly excited about the chance to play a Test match in Australia,” Southee said.

“Neil will do Neil’s thing and he’s been brilliant for us for a long period of time in different conditions.”


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