Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is looking forward to returning to The 3aaa County Ground with a red ball in his hand as Derbyshire aim to finish the Specsavers County Championship campaign strongly.
The overseas quick claimed four wickets in his first-class debut for the Club earlier this week away to Sussex, a game in which Billy Godleman hit 122, his eleventh first-class century for Derbyshire.
Ferguson was pleased to see the form of his Captain, but admits he himself is working back to bowling long spells and is now aiming to contribute to wins in red ball cricket.
He said: “I think in the white ball formats you’re focusing on every ball and trying to out-think the batsman and mix things up.
“It’s a different mindset in red ball cricket. I’ve not played that format in a while so I had a bit of a rude awakening and only began to find my rhythm towards the end of Day One.
“I was taking confidence in from the white ball, but it shows you that when you change formats it can be a big change.
“It was a good wicket, but they batted well and we weren’t quite on the mark. The boys will get back to training and work hard going into the game next week.
“It was a shame we didn’t quite get to their score and it was one of those games where we missed chances at key moments. These are the learnings we take into the next game.
“Billy’s was an exceptional hundred. It’s a pleasure to watch, particularly when he’s your skipper.”
“Once I bowl a few more overs and get myself into the games, I’m hopeful that I can put the performances on the board that can we can get wins with.
“Everyone’s hungry to play well and everyone’s putting the work in off the park.
“It’s that confidence and aggressiveness which will stand us well in the last five games.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there and proving myself again and looking forward to the challenge.”
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