Test cricket the ultimate goal for New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson has taken 128 wickets from 34 first-class games. @Getty

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is hopeful of holding a red ball in his hand as he seeks to shed the impression of being a limited-overs cricketer.

Since he broke into the Black Caps’ plans in December 2016 after sustained success as a tearaway quick for Auckland in domestic cricket, Ferguson has played 16 ODIs and a solitary Twenty20 international, during which time his speed has impressed. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, the 27-year-old said his dream was to be known as a Test cricketer.

“To get a New Zealand Test cap is still my number one goal,” he said. “The New Zealand team is playing some good Test cricket at the moment, so it’s tough to break into the side. But I love playing red-ball cricket. I feel comfortable with the red ball in my hand. If I put up results then that’s great, and sometimes that doesn’t happen, but I’ll just keep working away.”

A busy 2018-19 home season  sees New Zealand host Test matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and Ferguson, with success for Derbyshire in the county cricket this summer, was hopeful of breaking into the squad.

“Fortunately the Black Caps have a lot of Test cricket coming up in the next year – a lot more than the last couple – so with that comes more opportunity,” said Ferguson, who has taken 128 first-class wickets from 34 appearances.

“I’ve worked a lot on my slower ball. The top players are good against quick bowling because they can use the pace, and sometimes the faster you bowl the quicker it goes to the boundary,” he said of his time playing in England. “So the slower ball was always going to be a good weapon in this comp, especially with the slower English wickets. For the most part, I’m still just trying to attack batters and be aggressive and still look to get them out – that tends to be when I bowl my best balls.”