Neil Wagner

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Neil Wagner
Personal information
Full name Neil Wagner
Born (1986-03-13) 13 March 1986 (age 31)
Pretoria, Transvaal Province,
South Africa
Nickname Waggers
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Left-arm Fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 256) 25 July 2012 v West Indies
Last Test 1 December 2017 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–2007 Northerns
2008–present Otago (squad no. 11)
2016 Lancashire (squad no. 20)
2017–present Essex (squad no. 13)
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 32 140 92 61
Runs scored 390 2,373 474 104
Batting average 13.00 16.25 12.15 6.50
100s/50s 0/0 0/7 0/0 0/0
Top score 37 70 42 14
Balls bowled 7,045 28,619 4,436 1,255
Wickets 130 576 149 68
Bowling average 28.90 27.11 26.53 26.14
5 wickets in innings 4 28 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 2 n/a n/a
Best bowling 7/39 7/46 5/34 4/33
Catches/stumpings 6/– 38/– 15/– 11/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 28 September 2017

Neil Wagner (born 13 March 1986) is a South African-born New Zealand Test cricketer who plays for New Zealand and Otago cricket teams. He also played for Northerns until 2007.

Early career[edit]

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.

World record[edit]

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.[1][2][3]

International career[edit]

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". [4]

The performances earned him another call-up for the second test against Australia.[5] 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.[6] New Zealand then toured Wagner's homeland of South Africa.[7] In the second Test, while New Zealand were soundly beaten Wagner again led the attack, taking his fourth five wicket bag.[8]

In April 2017, he was named in New Zealand's One Day International (ODI) squad for the 2017 Ireland Tri-Nation Series.[9]

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.[10]

Playing style[edit]

In test cricket he bowls long spells with the older ball, relying on short deliveries and dogged adherence to plans to pick up wickets,[11] 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[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/64 9  Bangladesh Shere Bangla Dhaka Bangladesh 2013
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

International Awards[edit]

Test cricket[edit]

Player of the series awards[edit]

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.[12]

Man of the match awards[edit]

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[13]

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