Neil Wagner Retires, Leaving Fans Emotional About His International Cricket Journey

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Neil Wagner Retires, Leaving Fans Emotional About His International Cricket Journey
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Neil Wagner, the New Zealand fast bowler, was emotional as he ended his career after playing in 64 Test matches. Neil Wagner finished as New Zealand’s fifth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, with 260 wickets.

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Although Wagner was selected for the squad for the two-Test series against Australia, he was informed by selectors that he would not play in either of the matches. This news was difficult for the 37-year-old South Africa-born cricketer.

Reflecting on his decision to retire, Wagner said, “It’s been a tough week emotionally. It’s hard to leave something you’ve dedicated so much to, but it’s time for others to step up and lead the team.”

Known for his aggressive bowling style and being a favorite among fans, Wagner played a crucial role in New Zealand’s journey to becoming the number one Test team and winning the inaugural World Test Championship in 2021.

Wagner’s bowling statistics are impressive, with an average of 27.57 runs per wicket and a strike rate of 52. These numbers are only surpassed by Richard Hadlee among New Zealanders who have taken more than 100 Test wickets.

During a press conference with New Zealand head coach and selector Gary Stead, held at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, Wagner announced his retirement. He mentioned that he will continue playing first-class cricket but feels it’s the right time to step away from Test cricket.

“It’s never an easy decision to retire,” Wagner commented. But I believe it’s the right time to pass the baton to others and leave the Black Cap in a good position for the future.

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