Ferguson won't bowl for rest of first Test due to calf strain

The concussion substitute came into play in this year's Ashes series after Steve Smith was ruled out

The concussion substitute came into play in this year's Ashes series after Steve Smith was ruled out

"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", NZC said in a statement on Twitter.

With Ferguson sidelined, New Zealand's chances of securing a shock victory in the opening Test have dropped dramatically, particularly given the searing heat.

The rule-makers of cricket have shown some flexibility in recent times by allowing a replacement for a player who has suffered a concussion during a Test match. I'm not saying that's the reason why you would have one, but why wouldn't you look at it? Shortly after, the pacer had to leave field with a right calf problem and played no further part in the day.

The first Test match which is now underway at Perth is being played under lights. It's to make sure it's 11 playing 11, New Zealand now play 10 versus 11. "I reckon Test cricket needs an injury replacement rule ..." Independent doctor on site.

While Neil Wagner, Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme bowled well yesterday, spinner Mitchell Santner didn't get much assistance from the pitch, and the only other realistic bowling options to share the workload are also spinners, with Kane Williamson or Jeet Raval available to toss down some part-time spin which is unlikely to threaten the Australian batsmen. "When we get to end of the summer I think it's probably an easier time for me to answer that".

While the idea of an injury substitute has been floated previously, detractors have warned that teams would take advantage by feigning injuries. The former English skipper then added that if the doctor deems the injury to be real only then can a replacement come in. "But if it's clear like Lockie Ferguson on debut, he's ripped his calf, surely for the sake of Test cricket.it would be better to have 11 versus 11".

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