Playing Test cricket will be a dream come true: Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson (AFP Photo)

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has set his sight on playing Test cricket next after having established himself in limited-overs setup with impressive performances.

During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Ferguson played an intrinsic role in guiding New Zealand to their second successive final, finishing with 19 wickets – the second most in the tournament.

His 21 wickets at the showpiece event came at 19.47 and is currently recovering from a thumb injury he sustained during the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this month. With New Zealand set to host England and tour Australia in coming months, the 28-year-old is eyeing a quick recovery and a possible Test cap.

“I’m certainly not getting ahead of myself,” Ferguson told stuff.co.nz. “There’s a lot of cricket to be played. A lot of times in the past, I’ve focused a lot down the line, and it doesn’t often help. I’ll just keep working away game-by-game and those kind of things take care of themselves. It would be a dream come true for sure.”

New Zealand will first host England for five T20Is followed by two Tests before leaving for Australia for three Tests. After that they will welcome India for a full tour including two Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is.

Ferguson, one of the quickest fast bowlers currently, says speed gives him the thrill but for him maintaining line and length takes precedence.

“Since early in my career I just tried to bowl as quick as I could and that didn’t always work. It’s certainly all business when I’m bowling. It’s less about the speed and more about where I’m actually putting it,” he said.

He continued, “Certainly now it’s very much what I’m trying to do to the batter and there are times where I’m trying to bowl as fast as I can, particularly if I’ve got my tail up or if I’ve got a wicket or two.”

Ferguson says Shane Bond and Andre Adams inspired him to take up fast bowling. “You knew at some time (Bond) was going to come on and do something special, be it an inswinging yorker or a nice quick bumper. They inspired me to be a fast bowler,” he said.