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jayant   |  2022-05-17

20 Neil Wagner Facts: The ‘Workhorse’ of New Zealand Test Cricket

Neil Wagner, the left-arm fast bowler from New Zealand, is probably the most underrated test cricketer of all time.

Neil, with his superb bowling and fighting attitude, has proven his worth in Test cricket many times.

So here, we have listed down 20 interesting facts about Neil Wagner.

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1) On 13 March 1986, Neil Wagner was born in the city of Pretoria in South Africa

2) From an early age, Neil was interested in playing cricket and played school cricket for the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool

3) On 19 January 2006, Neil Wagner made his first-class debut for the Northerns against the North West at
Potchefstroom

In this match, Neil picked up eight-wicket that included two 4-wicket hauls.

4) On 22 January 2006, Neil Wagner made his List-A debut for the Northerns against the North West in the SAA Provincial Cup

In this match, Neil Wagner grabbed his first List-A wicket in the form of Werner Coetsee

5) A left-arm medium-fast bowler and a left-handed batsman, Neil Wagner toured Zimbabwe and Bangladesh with the South African academy team

Neil was also named 12th man in two Tests for the South African Cricket Team

6) In 2008, he made a wise decision to move to New Zealand to fulfill his dream of becoming a test cricketer

7) Neil Wagner was a star bowler for Otago in New Zealand’s domestic cricket and impressed everyone with his swing bowling

In June 2009, under Peter Fulton’s captaincy, Neil managed to break into the New Zealand Emerging Players team.

8) On 6 April 2011, playing for Otago, Neil Wagner picked four wickets in four balls against Wellington

He took the wickets of Stewart Rhodes, Joe Austin-Smellie, Jeetan Patel, and Ili Tugaga in four consecutive deliveries, and then, picked the wicket of Mark Gillespie on the last ball of that over to pick five wickets in an over, the first time this in first-class cricket.

He ended the innings with the figures of 6/36, his best at that time.

9) On 25 July 2012, Neil Wagner made his international debut for New Zealand against the West Indies in Antigua

10) In 2013, during New Zealand’s home and away test series against England, he managed to pick 19 wickets from 5 test matches

11) In February 2014, Neil Wagner picked an 8-wicket haul against India at the Eden Park Stadium

For this performance, Wagner won the ‘Player of the match’ award.

12) In late 2015, during Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand, Neil Wagner gave some amazing performances and helped New Zealand comfortably win the series comfortably

For his efforts, Skipper Brendon McCullum described Wagner as the “Workhorse” of his team.

13) In February 2016, Wagner picked a five-wicket haul (6/106) against Australia in Christchurch

After this test, he became a regular in the New Zealand Test XI.

14) In 2016, during New Zealand’s tour of Zimbabwe, Wagner picked a five-wicket haul (6/41) in the first test in Bulawayo

Neil Wagner ended up picking 11 wickets in the two-match test and managed to win the ‘Player of the series’ award.

15) On 1 December 2017, against the West Indies in Wellington, Neil Wagner claimed figures of 7/39, his best figures in test cricket

Wagner was included in Cricinfo’s Test XI for the year 2017

16) In November 2018, in the second test match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, Neil Wagner dismissed Yasir Shah to become the eighth New Zealand bowler to take 150 or more test wickets.

17) In December 2019, in the second Test against Australia at MCG, Wagner got his 200th wicket in test cricket

He dismissed Steve Smith to claim his 200th test wicket, the second-fastest New Zealand bowler to achieve 200 Test wickets after Richard Hadlee.

18) In 2019/20, Wagner finished as the No.2 test bowler in the ICC’s world rankings

19) In December 2020, Wagner played his 50th Test match against the West Indies in Wellington

He picked three wickets in the match and helped his team by an innings and 12 runs.

20) He picked three wickets in the World Test Championship final against India that New Zealand managed to win comfortably by eight wickets

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