Callum Ferguson looks to make a strong comeback from injury © Getty Images
Callum Ferguson looks to make a strong comeback from injury © Getty Images

South Australia’s Callum Ferguson is out of action from the cricket field owing to a serious injury while fielding at deep backward square leg in December 2015. But being at the professional level, Ferguson is all geared up for a recovery and force his way back into the spotlight again. Before the break for the KFC Big Bash League, Ferguson had been lighting up the Sheffield Shield. He averaged 52 with the willow with four centuries under his belt in the 2014-15 Shield season to put his name firmly in the debate for Australian squad selections, and had carried that form into last summer. Ferguson had compiled 478 runs in five Shield matches before the BBL break, with an impressive average of 53.11. He registered a career-best score of 213 against Tasmania just a fortnight before the injury and averaged 46.85 in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup. Australia A will be going into the final against India A full of confidence: Callum Ferguson

“I knew pretty well straight away, having been through it before playing for Australia six years ago. It was a pretty similar feeling. With the season going so well with the Redbacks, and I felt like I was playing pretty good cricket at the time, it was really disappointing”, Ferguson told SACA TV this week.

None other than Usman Khawaja will realize how exactly Ferguson must be feeling with the amount of injuries Khawaja has had. Khawaja injuried his knee on the eve of the BBL-2004 campaign in a similar manner, a training ground mishap with the Sydney Thunder. Later, he admitted that he had given al hopes of representing Australia and was of the opinion that his cricketing career is done and dusted. Callum Ferguson: Australia A have acclimatised well over the last few weeks

Ferguson must draw some inspiration from Khawaja as he recovered and made a strong comeback, both physically and mentally. Ever since his recovery, Khawaja has been in the news for all the right reasons as he dominated the summer landscape, restored to the Australian Test team, scoring and scoring big and rose to the occasion whenever his team wanted in the Big Bash.

Ferguson knows the path, knows the rewards, and says he’s up for the fight. “I came back from the last knee injury really hungry to do well, really hungry to make runs, really hungry to win games for South Australia and really hungry to get back into the Australian team,” Ferguson said.

He is of the view that he would be able to tackle this injury in a similar state of mind as he is still rearing to go and itchy to be back on the field as he loves the sport he plays. Ahead of last summer, Australia coach Darren Lehmann went on Adelaide radio to declare Ferguson and Redbacks teammate Travis Head were “really close” to national honours.