|Full name||Neil Wagner|
13 March 1986 |
Pretoria, Transvaal Province,
|Test debut (cap 256)||25 July 2012 v West Indies|
|Last Test||1 December 2017 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
|2008–present||Otago (squad no. 11)|
|2016||Lancashire (squad no. 20)|
|2017–present||Essex (squad no. 13)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 28 September 2017
He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool as a high school student where he played for the 1st team. He is a left-handed batsman and left-arm medium-fast bowler who has toured Zimbabwe and Bangladesh with Academy sides and appeared in two Test matches for South Africa as twelfth man. In 2008, he moved to New Zealand to pursue a career playing test cricket. In June 2009 he was awarded a place in the New Zealand Emerging Players team under Peter Fulton, and eventually made his test debut for New Zealand against the West Indies in 2012. He has since played in 34 Test matches for New Zealand.
On 6 April 2011 Wagner took four wickets in four balls against Wellington when he dismissed Stewart Rhodes, Joe Austin-Smellie, Jeetan Patel and Ili Tugaga with the first four balls of the 70th over, his 14th. He then took the wicket of Mark Gillespie with the sixth ball of the same over: five wickets in one 6-ball over, the first (and, so far, only) time this has been achieved in first-class cricket. His bowling figures for the innings were 6/36, his personal best at that time.
After an uneven start to his test career against the West Indies and his birth country South Africa, Wagner established himself as a reliable 3rd seamer for New Zealand side during their 2013 home and away series against England, taking 19 wickets in 5 tests. Wagner produced consistent performances over the next 2 years (including a man of the match 8 wicket haul against India at Eden Park, that set up a series victory). Despite this, he struggled to maintain his place in the side and was not selected in either of New Zealand's 2 tests against England in 2015.
Wagner returned to the side during Sri Lanka's tour for New Zealand in late 2015. He produced a series of strong performances, as New Zealand comfortably won the series. Skipper Brendon McCullum described Wagner before the Test as his "Workhorse". 
The performances earned him another call-up for the second test against Australia. Wagner bowled well, taking 7 wickets including 6 wickets in the first innings. From then on, Wagner's finally became a regular starter in the New Zealand test side.
Wagner continued his fine form during New Zealand's tour of Zimbabwe in 2016, where he won the player of the series award. He took 11 wickets in the two match series, including a five wicket haul in the first test. New Zealand then toured Wagner's homeland of South Africa. In the second Test, while New Zealand were soundly beaten Wagner again led the attack, taking his fourth five wicket bag.
On 1 December 2017, Wagner became the opening partner to Trent Boult as Tim Southee was injured, and claimed his best figures of 7/39, which is also a New Zealand record to claim 7/39 within a day, and within two sessions of play.
In test cricket he bowls long spells with the older ball, relying on short deliveries and dogged adherence to plans to pick up wickets, even in wickets that are 'two-paced' and in pitches where it offers no swing or seam movement for bowlers, where he would bowl shorter than other pace bowlers to bounce the batsmen out. In domestic cricket he plays as an opening swing bowler.
Test five wicket hauls
|2||6/106||19||Australia||Hagley Oval||Christchurch||New Zealand||2016|
|3||6/41||20||Zimbabwe||Queens Park Oval||Bulawayo||Zimbabwe||2016|
|4||5/86||23||South Africa||SuperSport Park||Centurion||South Africa||2016|
|5||7/39||33||West Indies||Basin Reserve||Wellington||New Zealand||2017|
Player of the series awards
|Sl No||Series||Season||Series Performance||Result|
|1||New Zealand in Zimbabwe||2016||Bowling: 80.5–22–187–11, with one fifer. Econ: 2.31, Avg: 17.00||New Zealand won the series 2–0.|
Man of the match awards
|Sl No||Venue||Match||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||1st Test – West Indies in New Zealand||1–4 December 2017||Basin Reserve, Wellington||1st Innings: 14.4–2–39–7 ; 3 (13 balls)
2nd Innings: 22–3–102–2 ; DNB
|New Zealand won by an innings and 67 runs|
- "Otago v Wellington at Queenstown, Apr 4–6, 2011 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Fulton to lead New Zealand Emerging Players". ESPNcricinfo. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
- on YouTube
- "When workhorse Wagner brought down the barn door". ESPNcricinfo. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Wagner called in as cover for injured Southee". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Zimbabwe on the back foot before a ball bowled". ESPNcricinfo. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Homecoming for 'fully converted Kiwi' Neil Wagner". ESPNcricinfo. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "New Zealand tour of South Africa, 2nd Test: South Africa v New Zealand at Centurion, Aug 27–31, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Latham to lead NZ in Ireland, uncapped Rance in squad". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
- "NZ 85/2 (37.0 ov, LRPL Taylor 12*, JA Raval 29*, ST Gabriel 0/22) - Live | Match Summary | ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "New Zealand in Zimbabwe Test Series, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "1st Test, West Indies tour of New Zealand at Wellington, Dec 1-4 2017 Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.