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New Zealand paceman Ferguson ruled out of England clash

New Zealand paceman Ferguson ruled out of England clash
FILE PHOTO - Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - New Zealand v Pakistan - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britian - June 26, 2019 New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson in action Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers -
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(Reuters) – New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of Wednesday’s World Cup match against England at Chester-le-Street by a hamstring complaint.

The team confirmed on Twitter that the 28-year-old was suffering from a tight left hamstring and would be left out as a precaution.

With 17 wickets in seven matches at an average of 18.58, Ferguson has been New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

The match in Durham is crucial for England, with a win securing their place in the semi-finals but a defeat leaving the door open for Pakistan.

New Zealand have not qualified for the last four yet but given their superior run rate, Pakistan would need a freak result against Bangladesh on Friday to leapfrog the Black Caps.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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