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 style Left-handed
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 256) 25 July 2012 v West Indies
Last Test 25 March 2017 v South Africa
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 32 132 85 61
Runs scored 390 2,138 467 104
Batting average 13.00 15.60 12.28 6.50
100s/50s 0/0 0/6 0/0 0/0
Top score 37 70 42 14
Balls bowled 7,045 27,126 4,092 1,255
Wickets 130 556 135 68
Bowling average 28.90 26.62 26.67 26.14
5 wickets in innings 4 28 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 2 n/a n/a
Best bowling 6/41 7/46 5/34 4/33
Catches/stumpings 6/– 35/– 15/– 11/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 16 April 2017

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

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 as twelfth man. In June 2009 he was awarded a place in the New Zealand Emerging Players team under Peter Fulton. He has since played in 19 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]

Wagner came to the screen in Test cricket during Sri Lanka tour for New Zealand in late 2015. His form was very good throughout the series in all Tests. He was the strike bowler for Kiwis, as Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell were not fit to the series. Skipper Brendon McCullum described Wagner before the Test as "Workhorse". New Zealand comfortably won the series as well.[4]

The performances led him to call for the second test against Australia in the series as well due to injury of Southee.[5] However, the limelight of his career came during the Zimbabwe tour in 2016, where Wagner won player of the series award for the impressive bowling. He took 11 wickets in the two match series with an fifer as well.[6] After the impressive tour, New Zealand went South Africa for a crucial test series, which is the homeland for Wagner.[7] In the second Test, Wagner took his fourth fifer in the first innings of South Africa.[8]

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

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,[10] even in wickets that are 'two-paced' and in pitches where it offers no swing or seam movement for bowlers. 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

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.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Otago v Wellington at Queenstown, Apr 4–6, 2011 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Fulton to lead New Zealand Emerging Players". CricInfo. June 12, 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  3. ^ World record wicket haul - five in six balls - Neil Wagner on YouTube
  4. ^ "When workhorse Wagner brought down the barn door". ESPNcricinfo. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Wagner called in as cover for injured Southee". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Zimbabwe on the back foot before a ball bowled". ESPNcricinfo. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Homecoming for 'fully converted Kiwi' Neil Wagner". ESPNcricinfo. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "New Zealand tour of South Africa, 2nd Test: South Africa v New Zealand at Centurion, Aug 27-31, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Latham to lead NZ in Ireland, uncapped Rance in squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "New Zealand in Zimbabwe Test Series, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 

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