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New Zealand Pace Legend Neil Wagner Retires from International Cricket



New Zealand Pace Legend Neil Wagner Retires From International Cricket

New Zealand‘s cricket fraternity was taken aback as pace stalwart Neil Wagner announced his retirement from international cricket. The decision, communicated after a tough conversation with coach Gary Stead, signifies the end of Wagner’s illustrious 64-Test career.

Wagner’s impact on the New Zealand pace attack has been profound, with 260 wickets at an impressive average of 27.57. Only the legendary Sir Richard Hadlee boasts a better Test strike rate for New Zealand bowlers.

Hailing from South Africa, Wagner moved to Dunedin to represent Otago in 2008 before making Northern Districts his cricketing home in 2018. His contribution to New Zealand’s rise in the ICC Test rankings and the triumph in the ICC World Test Championship is noteworthy.

The emotional announcement was made at Basin Reserve in Wellington, with Wagner expressing gratitude towards his wife Lana and children for their unwavering support throughout his career.

Wagner reflected on cherished memories including New Zealand’s series wins against England, India, and the epic one-run victory. Test captain Tim Southee lauded Wagner as one of the great team players and praised his commitment and dedication on and off the field.

The upcoming Test series against Australia will witness Wagner’s absence, as he sits out to pass the baton to the next generation of Black Caps. Celebratory events are planned during the ongoing Test and at the ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards in Christchurch.

Rachel Adams

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