Playing Bangladesh at home poses a significant challenge – Ferguson

“His expertise and calm under pressure were invaluable.” Trent Boult – Lockie Ferguson

In the absence of Tim Southee and Matt Henry, New Zealand stand-in skipper Lockie Ferguson stated on Wednesday that speed bowler Trent Boult will have to shoulder the most of the responsibility in the forthcoming three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.

Boult, who has been engaged with various T20 franchise assignments across the world after opting out of his national contract, shown that he has a lot to contribute in ODI cricket, taking eight wickets in two games against England, including a five-wicket haul.

Other than Tim Southee, who is out of the series due to a fractured thumb, New Zealand has elected to rest several other players ahead of the World Cup, including Matt Henry, who is expected to be in their starting lineup.

“Clearly a guy with a lot of experience (Boult), and we’re glad to have him back in the group.” He arrived in England and immediately made an impression. It was difficult to bowl quickly. “The scores were high in England, and his expertise and calmness under pressure were irreplaceable,” Ferguson told reporters a day before the series start at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

“Without Tim (Southee) and Matt Henry, I guess Boult will take on a bigger leadership role, as he always does.” But he’s a treasure for us, and I enjoy playing with him, and I’m sure if it’s swinging tomorrow, he’ll be one of the players that gets some swing out of it,” he said.

Given the pressure of unprecedented workload, the stand-in skipper went on to say that rotation policy was a necessary aspect of modern-day cricket.

“I believe it is the nature of international cricket at this point.” With the amount of cricket we play, you’ve certainly noticed a lot of team rotation over the last few years. Some players have chosen to relax now, right before the World Cup, while others have rested earlier. “I think that’s fantastic with them,” he stated.

Ferguson emphasized that the series was a warm-up for the World Cup, and that his teammates are looking forward to it, despite the possibility that the younger players may be asked to return to New Zealand to make room for their first-choice World Cup squad.

“Look, we’re pros, and we take each game as it comes.” This is a significant and difficult series for us. So, from our perspective, it’s a good build-up for a World Cup; yet, you know, we’re really focused on this series.

“We know how strong Bangladesh is in their home conditions, so it’s a good test for us.” And since this is my first time playing here, I have a lot to learn. “But the boys are really looking forward to tomorrow and getting started,” Ferguson said.

“Obviously a huge honour for myself to be captain and obviously just in an interim sort of position while our other three captains are away but obviously very privileged to be in this role,” Ferguson said of his first time leading his country. “As a fast bowler, I suppose things do change, but I think it also brings a lot of benefits, such as talking to bowlers, working out plans, and obviously being in their shoes a lot of the time, in pressure situations.”

“Certainly different conditions, but with our subcontinent experience, we’ve got to learn as pace bowlers how to bowl potentially in a different role.” It’s not always about blowing out and getting wickets, but about holding up an end so that spinners can play a bigger role.

“However, I saw some highlights from when England was here, and pacers took a lot of wickets.” So I think that’s when change-ups become more prevalent. Obviously, with the weather being so humid, the ball tends to swing. So, we’re recognized for our swing bowling, which I’m confident we’ll be able to exploit tomorrow,” Ferguson added.