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Ferguson pleased by three-wicket ODI haul

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/12/2016

Black Caps paceman Lockie Ferguson says he'll look to use his three-wicket haul against Bangladesh on Monday as a platform for the remainder of the ODI series. © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Black Caps paceman Lockie Ferguson says he'll look to use his three-wicket haul against Bangladesh on Monday as a platform for the remainder of the ODI series. He's yet to bowl the perfect game but Black Caps ace Lockie Ferguson says he'll happily take Monday's three-wicket haul against Bangladesh.

Ferguson, in just his third ODI for New Zealand, secured an encouraging 54-3 in nine overs with the ball as his side romped to a 77-run win.

The performance follows two dispiriting ODI showings to date, being thumped for 73-1 and 50-0 against Australia in this month's Chappell-Hadlee series.

The 25-year-old told reporters on Tuesday he was satisfied with his performance against the Tigers, having been thrust into the attack in the ninth over.

"That's my job in the team, to keep taking wickets through that middle period after the new ball and keep being attacking," Ferguson said.

"It's my job to rattle them a little bit.

"There's obviously places to improve, still trying to get that perfect game all players strive for, but I'm happy to keep learning."

More than 7000 people turned out for the game at Hagley Oval. Black Caps first ODI versus Bangladesh

Two of Ferguson's three wickets came directly after being belted for six, with talisman Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman both swinging out at short balls.

Shakib top-edged to Tim Southee at mid-wicket after attempting a pull, while Sabbir struck straight at third man Trent Boult.

Ferguson said his aggressive approach was often expensive in runs but tempted batsmen into making dangerous shots.

"If you can get the ball a bit higher, they tend to hit the ball upwards and the catches start to come in," Ferguson said.

"A few might go for six and that's part of the game."

New Zealand will now look to secure the three-game ODI series when they take on Bangladesh in Nelson on Thursday.

Ferguson said he and his fellow pacemen would look to repeat their combative approach against the Tigers, who are unfamiliar with quick Kiwi pitches.

"They're probably not used to a little extra pace and bounce so it's a little area we're going to try and exploit," he said.

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