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Williamson deemed fit, Ferguson handed maiden Test call-up for England
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Williamson deemed fit, Ferguson handed maiden Test call-up for England

Kane Williamson has been deemed fit for the first England Test whereas paceman Lockie Fergusion was handed a maiden Test call-up.

Williamson, currently world’s third ranked Test batsman, missed out the five-match T20I series against England owing to a hip injury.

But after a two-week break from cricket, Williamson is all set to return for the inaugural Test at his home ground of Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

"Kane's made good progress over the past fortnight and we're delighted to welcome back a player of his class and experience," said New Zealand selector Garvin Larsen while announcing the squad.

Spinner Todd Astle has edged Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel in the 15-man squad. Astle will be backed up by Mitchell Santner in the squad.

According to Larsen, Ferguson has been a top contender for Test selection following an impressive run in first class cricket, where he has 153 wickets at an average of 24.30.

The paceman also impressed in the recent World Cup being the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

"There's no doubt Lockie has been knocking on the door for a while now and we're delighted to finally bring him into the Test fold," Larsen said.

"It's well documented he has raw pace, but he also possesses a quality bowling skill set and has proved his durability."

New Zealand squad

Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling