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Ferguson primed to face Aussies

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/11/2016 Sean Martin

New Zealand's one-day outfit may be down on experience since the cricket World Cup but it is still an exciting squad and young speedster Lockie Ferguson is likely to see action in Australia, coach Mike Hesson says.

There's no Brendon McCullum or Daniel Vettori and Ross Taylor will miss the trip to undergo eye surgery but Hesson was talking up its strengths before leaving on Wednesday to defend the Chappell-Hadlee trophy in a three-match series.

"It's an exciting squad. It might not be a particularly experienced but it is an exciting squad," he said.

"As a one-day unit we've been pretty strong for a while ... we are a reliable white ball side."

The trip would be an education for some players.

"A lot of these guys have never played in Australia. There'll be some good crowds there I'm sure of there, plenty of hostility. For any New Zealand side going over there it's an exciting time."

Hesson indicated that with just a 14-man squad Auckland's Ferguson, who can bowl up around 150km/h, would play.

He noted Ferguson, with his speed, was a point of difference.

"We are not taking anyone who we not expecting to play a role if required."

Hesson also note Colin de Grandhomme was a "more reliable" bowler with the white ball than some of the side's allrounders.

"He offers us the ability to bowl closer to 10 overs. He bowls at the death a lot in domestic cricket ... and I think we've seen glimpses with the bat how destructive he can be.

"An hour of watching Colin bat the game can change. It's always nice to have those guys in your side."

On the injury front, Hesson said Trent Boult had passed a full fitness test after he missed the Pakistan Test with a knee injury and batsman Martin Guptill had had a cortisone injection for his shoulder and appeared to be fine.

The first match will be played in Sydney on Sunday, followed by games in Canberra and Melbourne.

Chappell-Hadlee squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, BJ Watling.

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