Uncapped fast bowler Kyle Jamieson has been inducted to New Zealand Test squad after a calf strain ruled Lockie Ferguson for the rest of the Test series against Australia.
The Black Caps had pinned a lot of their hopes on Ferguson’s rocketing pace but he picked up a calf strain on the first day of Perth Test, which left New Zealand a bowler short for the rest of the match.
Head coach Gary Stead said he was gutted for Ferguson as the quick worked hard to earn a Test cap. He is likely to miss the action for four to six weeks.
"We're all absolutely gutted for Lockie," he said.
"He'd worked really hard to earn his Test debut and to have it cruelly halted by injury was truly unlucky."
Experienced New Zealand seamer Trent Boult, who had to sit out for the first Test with a rib pain, is expected to replace Ferguson for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
However, Stead added that Jamieson’s presence in the camp will be an invaluable experience for the young quick.
The tall seamer, who played for New Zealand A against England in his last first-class game, has taken 72 wickets in 25 FC matches.
"Standing at over two metres tall he obviously gets good bounce and brings something different to our other pace bowlers," Stead said of Jamieson.