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Lockie Ferguson ruled out of bowling for remainder of first Test
Injury Blow

Lockie Ferguson ruled out of bowling for remainder of first Test

Lockie Ferguson's Test debut has been marred by a calf strain that has forced him out of bowling for the rest of the first game against Australia in Perth.

Ferguson darted in 11 overs on the opening day of the pink-ball Test but sustained an injury scare during the second session.

He was then rushed off for MRI scans, which confirmed a right calf muscle-tendon strain.

While the 28-year-old will not be performing bowling duties, he remains available to bat if required by the team.

"An MRI scan has confirmed a right calf muscle-tendon strain for Lockie Ferguson which will prevent him bowling in the remainder of the 1st Test, although he is available to bat. Awaiting a further report which will inform the next steps of his recovery," the team's statement read.

Ferguson's injury blow adds to the list of fitness woes plaguing New Zealand's fast bowling camp since he was initially drafted into the playing XI as a replacement for frontline seamer Trent Boult.

His searing pace was supposed to bolster the visitors' bowling unit against Australia's brawny batting line-up, though he is yet to register his maiden wicket in the format.

The impact of Ferguson's absence was allayed to an extent on the second day as Neil Wagner and Tim Southee claimed four wickets each to dismiss the hosts for 416 in their first innings.

In reply, New Zealand were rattled by a fearsome spell of pace bowling from Mitchell Starc under floodlights.

The Black Caps limped to 109-5 in 32 overs by the close of play with Ferguson expected to come out to bat as the last man in.