6 Nov 2018

Ferguson and Worker added to ODI squad, Astle in doubt

12:52 pm on 6 November 2018

Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has claimed the fourth pace bowlers spot in the Black Caps' one-day squad to play Pakistan in the UAE this week.

Lockie Ferguson celebrates the wicket of David Warner.

Lockie Ferguson celebrates the wicket of David Warner. Photo: Photosport

The other additions to the squad see Central Stags batsman George Worker open in place of Martin Guptill, who was earlier ruled out of the tour with injury.

Ajaz Patel, who was drafted into the T20s, looks set to debut in another format for the Black Caps.

The 30-year-old left arm spinner has been added as cover for leg-spinner Todd Astle who has an irritated right knee, and is a fifty fifty chance of playing the opening ODI on Thursday morning.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead hoped Astle would be available later in the series.

"Todd's made good progress over the past couple of days and with his involvement in both the ODI and Test squads; we're keen to give him every chance to be right," said Stead.

"It does present another opportunity for Ajaz. He's impressed us during the UAE tour so far and we have full confidence he can do a job for this team in the 50-over format."

Stead said Ferguson possessed raw pace and offered something different to the other three quicks in the squad who are predominantly new ball bowlers.

"He's performed well over the past 12 months and we're hoping he can bring some real aggression to those middle overs in the innings.

"George has been knocking on the door for a while and has hardly put a foot wrong in the chances he has had with the Black Caps. We know he's a quality player and this series will be a good test of where he is at," Stead added.

All-rounder Corey Anderson wasn't considered for selection with an injured heel and is returning home for further investigations.

BLACKCAPS ODI Squad

Kane Williamson (c)

Todd Astle

Trent Boult

Colin de Grandhomme

Lockie Ferguson *

Matt Henry

Tom Latham

Colin Munro

Henry Nicholls

Ajaz Patel *

Ish Sodhi

Tim Southee

Ross Taylor

BJ Watling

George Worker *

* Added to initial squad