Ferguson content to wait his turn

Black Caps bowler Lockie Ferguson sends down a delivery during game two of his team's one-day...
Black Caps bowler Lockie Ferguson sends down a delivery during game two of his team's one-day-international series against Bangladesh at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
Don't expect to see Lockie Ferguson take the new ball any time soon.

The Black Caps fast bowler is happy to leave that to the guys who can bend and hoop the ball.

But you will see more of him at the death and that twirly moustache is here to stay, as well.

He starting growing that bad boy for Movember and anything he can do to raise awareness of men's mental health is worth the "60-40" feedback.

He would not comment what side of the ledger the 60% was recorded on but feedback about his bowling has been a lot more overwhelming.

The 27-year-old played a crucial role in the Black Caps eight-wicket win in the second one-day international (ODI) against Bangladesh in Christchurch on Saturday.

He took three for 44 in an impressive spell. But opener Martin Guptill was the star. He led the chase with 118 and will be looking for a third consecutive century when the ODI series concludes in Dunedin on Wednesday.

Ferguson's pace and aggression has become a real weapon for the Black Caps. He has been making a tremendous impact as the first or second change bowler, so much so that some observers have wondered what he would be capable of with the new ball.

Ferguson, though, is happy to watch the likes of Trent Boult and Matt Henry make first use of the white ball.

"When you look at our bowling stocks, and we have some of the best swing bowlers going around the world. It is not a huge strength [of mine] to swing it like that," Ferguson said.

"So my position comes in after them as a first-changer. I've been working really hard at my death options and mostly just looking to take wickets throughout.

"It can be quite tough in one-day cricket to take wickets through the middle, when guys soak up the pressure a bit and are probably less aggressive."

His prime responsibility is to "be an aggressor and create chances".

"But by no means does that mean I have a free-for-all to go for plenty of runs. I think a big work-on is still creating that aggressiveness and creating those opportunities while also being economical, because one-day cricket is all about the runs and trying to restrict them."

The Black Caps lead the three-game series 2-0 and have dismissed Bangladesh relatively cheaply both times. But too many extras have been conceded and Ferguson confirmed it was an area the home team would need to address before the Dunedin game.

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect to emerge from the opening two games has been the form of Guptill.

"He is striking the ball really nicely at the moment. It is good fun to watch him and in the nets it is tough to bowl to, for sure."

The Black Caps dismissed Bangladesh for 226 and were never pressured in reply, reaching 229 for two in the 37th over.

Guptill, who belted an unbeaten 117 off 116 balls as the Black Caps cruised to an eight-wicket win in the first ODI in Napier, was even more dominant at Hagley Oval.

He took 88 balls for his 118, which included 14 fours and four sixes, and marked his 16th one-day hundred.

His dismissal came late in the 29th over, with the match all but won. Ross Taylor (21) joined skipper Kane Williamson (65) at the wicket and the pair guided New Zealand to victory.

Earlier, the Black Caps shook off a flurry of dropped catches after winning the toss and opting to bowl.

As they did in the first ODI, the New Zealand bowlers collected wickets regularly, beginning with Ferguson's removal of Liton Das for one.

Bangladesh slumped to 93 for five after 21 overs. However, a 75-run sixth-wicket stand between Mohammad Mithun and Sabbir Rahman resurrected the innings somewhat, until Todd Astle clean bowled Mithun for 57.

- Additional reporting RNZ

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