ICC World Cup: New Zealand needs a boost from Ferguson to lift the bowling in the semifinals, says Vettori
DURHAM (England): New Zealand very surprised Lockie Ferguson in the exhausting defeat on Wednesday against England and needs a quick backward movement of the right arm to lift his bowling in the semifinals of the Cricket World Cup, former captain. Daniel Vettori has said.
England had an abrupt start and had 194 for one in 30 attempts before a New Zealand attack, minus Ferguson, who sat with a strain on the hamstring, somehow stopped the flow of race to restrict the hosts to 305-8.
Ferguson's absence denied the employer. Kane Williamson the luxury of using its main carrier in small bursts to abolish its opposition.
New Zealand missed Lockie Ferguson in Durham, Vettori wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council, because of the way it fits into the structure of the game.
Kane likes to use his as a bowler of first change in 2-3 spells. With him out, that meant they had to shuffle things a little.
If he is back for the semifinal, that will give New Zealand much more certainty about how they are going to complete their 50 shots.
New Zealand, despite its third consecutive defeat, is ready to reach the semifinals before Pakistan because of its much higher net racing rate.
Vettori paid tribute to Trent Boult, who fired Joe Root and Jos Buttler on Wednesday to become the best New Zealand bell carrier in World Cups with 37 winners in two editions.
It was fantastic again and the knuckleball to fire Jos Buttler was a highly skilled bowling game, said Vettori.
At the top of the order, he is a fast left-arm pitcher who can take windows, and then, when Kane needs someone in between to attack, he turns to Boult.
He also has the ability to revert the ball in the passes of death, when it is a defensive and attack option.
Losing three matches in a row was not ideal, but Vettori had no doubt that the 2015 finalists could start again.
I do not think it affects the team too much, particularly knowing some of the guys well.
They have six or seven guys who can win a game for them, and that's a very exciting way to think about it.