Lockie Ferguson was diagnosed with a partial stress fracture


Ferguson will have to rest for four to six weeks © Getty

Lockie Ferguson, the New Zealand pacer, has been diagnosed with a partial stress fracture to his lumbar spine and will require four to six weeks of rest before returning to training, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Wednesday (Dec.16).

Following the injury to the left side of the back, which emerged during the T20I series against the West Indies, the pacer will remain unavailable for all matches against Pakistan. It will also not be available for the Auckland Aces in the Super Smash, which runs until mid-February.

The pacer will not require surgery but will need “a period of rest and rehabilitation” before considering any return to play later in New Zealand’s home summer, which will extend through the end of March with Australia and Bangladesh due to travel.

Gary Stead, the New Zealand manager, said: “We all really feel for Lockie. Injuries are certainly part of our sport, but achieving something like this when you’re at the top of your game is particularly disappointing.

“The pace and skill he was able to consistently produce made him one of the best white bowls players in the world and a great asset to the Blackcaps. Lockie has a great attitude and I know he’s ready for the fight, so it will get him stuck in rehab and we are still confident he can return to the park at the end of the summer. ”

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