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Fast bowling success in World Cup pleases Ferguson

Lockie Ferguson has expressed his satisfaction at the immense success of fast bowlers so far in the World Cup as he termed pace bowling as the "X-factor" in ODI cricket.

Ferguson forged a brilliant bowling partnership with fellow pacer Matt Henry to terrorize the Sri Lankan batsmen with extravagant swing and steep bounce in their tournament opener on Saturday at Cardiff.

Ferguson registered highly impressive figures of three for 22 as his ability to ramp up intimidating speeds in excess of 150 kph kept the Sri Lankan batters on the back foot.

The Kiwi speedster believes this formidable trend of pace bowlers dictating terms to the batsmen is expected to continue throughout the World Cup and will play a crucial role in determining the ultimate victors.

"Just like leg-spin bowlers they (fast bowlers) can turn it both ways. It's an X-factor part of the game, of course it's nice to see other fast bowlers bowling quick," Ferguson said.

"Of course it's a little bit of rivalry in parts, but it's not like I am watching every ball and comparing myself," he added lightheartedly.

Express pacers have utilized the helpful conditions in England with West Indies' Oshane Thomas rattling Pakistan on a lively pitch at Trent Bridge, bundling them out for just 105 runs as he claimed 4 wickets in the contest.

Jofra Archer also made the headlines with an excellent spell against South Africa in the World Cup opener, which featured a dangerous bouncer that retired hurt Hashim Amla.

'Decent balance between bat and ball'

The 27-year-old is pleased that the initial fears of flat surfaces prevalent in England and Wales have now subsided given the tight contest between bat and ball.

"I think there are going to be games where there are big runs scored and going to be some games where you know bowlers will have a bit of dominance," he said.

"Which is great, because it keeps the competition level-headed, especially for us bowlers," he added.

New Zealand's pace-bowling depth has generated a lot of praise with younger quicks stepping up and taking the initiative in the absence of the experienced Tim Southee who was ruled out of the game against Sri Lanka.

Trent Boult's new ball heroics rendered the Sri Lankan batting ineffective early on as frequent strikes from Matt Henry and Ferguson later on further stemmed the flow of runs.

'Always great when everyone is taking wickets'

"It's always great when everyone taking wickets. One-day cricket as you all know, traditionally in the last few years it has been tough to take wickets," said Ferguson.

"It's nice to get wickets up front definitely makes my job easier (as) again then I am bowling to a middle-order, they don't probably have the opportunity to come hard at me.

"It's always nice to follow a seam bowling pair whether it is Trent and Matt or Tim Southee in other games too."

The number four ranked New Zealand have historically performed well in World Cups, however, they are yet to triumph in the final and lift the prestigious trophy.

Ferguson is confident that the team will thrive under the influential leadership of Kane Williamson, and could go on all the way to becoming world champions.

"New Zealand play an exciting brand of cricket. The squad that we have got is definitely one that can put our best foot forward," said Ferguson.