Lockie Ferguson says fast-bowling is X-Factor for Cricket World Cup
New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson believes that fast bowling will be crucial in winning the ICC Cricket World Cup, similar to how leg-spin is important in one-day international (ODI) matches.
“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,” said Ferguson in an interview after they won their first match against Sri Lanka last Saturday by 10 wickets.
“Of course it’s a little bit of rivalry in parts, but it’s not like I am watching every ball and comparing myself,” stated the Auckland-born bowler who has a speed that can reach up to 154 kph when asked about other fast bowlers in the tournament.
Ferguson added that he is happy with conditions that England and Wales have for playing cricket because it provides a good balance 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. Which is great, because it keeps the competition level-headed, especially for us bowlers,” stated the speedster.
Ferguson continued that his current mix of team is great because it also increases their chances of winning the World Cup.
“New Zealand play an exciting brand of cricket. The squad that we have got is definitely one that can put our best foot forward,” Ferguson said.
The Black Caps will play against Bangladesh on Wednesday at The Oval