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Debutant Lockie Ferguson named in Black Caps' squad for Chappell Hadlee series

Auckland Aces fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is set to make his debut for the Black Caps after being named in a 14-strong squad to face Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee series next week.

Ace's pace bowler Lockie Ferguson in action in the Ford Trophy. Source: Photosport

The 25-year-old will be joined by Colin Munro, who returns from a back injury, while Ross Taylor will be missing due to eye surgery following the second Test against Pakistan. 

"Lockie has been impressive on the domestic scene and bowls at a pace which gives our bowling attack a different option," said Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen.

"Todd [Astle] and Colin de Grandhomme have both been in our thinking for ODIs and their ability with bat and ball gives the squad an important balance.

The Black Caps will be without Taylor for the Chappell Hadlee series in Australia when he goes under the knife.

"It's good to see Colin Munro return and immediately have an impact for Auckland. He's shown how dynamic a batsman he is, so it's great to have him available again, especially in Ross’s absence."

The team depart for Australia next Wednesday, with the first match on Sunday December 4.

Black Caps' 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.

Not considered due to injury: Ross Taylor, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, George Worker, Corey Anderson