New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner retires from international cricket

New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner retires from international cricket. Wagner’s departure marks the conclusion of a remarkable career spanning 12 years and encompassing 64 red-ball appearances.

The experienced left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner has unexpectedly announced his immediate retirement from international cricket. He will not be include in the starting lineup for the forthcoming Test match between Australia and New Zealand Cricket at the Cello Basin Reserve, the latter organization confirmed. After that, he will be cut from the squad before the second Test in Christchurch. With his departure, an incredible 12-year career that included 64 Tests comes to an end.

Wagner established himself as a mainstay for New Zealand during his time there, renowned for his unceasing efforts on the field. Having taken 260 Test wickets, he is ranked fifth in New Zealand’s top five Test wicket takers. His bowling average of 27 is noteworthy and demonstrates his steady play over the years. His impact on the cricket world is demonstrated by his strike rate of 52. Which is currently only surpass by the illustrious Sir Richard Hadlee. His contributions to victories are especially noteworthy; in 32 victories, he has taken 143 wickets at an outstanding average of 22.

“While Neil’s stats are impressive, I believe we shouldn’t undervalue his contributions to the team in times of need when he managed to produce a wicket. Neil gave the BLACKCAPS his all, and we will miss his enthusiasm and “never give in” mentality, according to Hindustan Times quoting Kiwi Head Coach Gary Stead.

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Wagner will continue to cherish domestic circuit

Wagner, who is South African by birth, join Otago in 2008 to play cricket in New Zealand. In 2018, he then moved to represent Northern Districts in Papamoa. He is still devote to playing cricket at home and will always be associated with Northern Districts, both in New Zealand and overseas. The 37-year-old stressed the timing of his retirement while acknowledging the difficulty of his choice. Although the decision was difficult, he insist that its was necessary for him to advance in his career.

“It’s been an emotional week. It’s not easy to step away from something you’ve given so much to and got so much out of, but it’s now time for others to step up and take this team forward. I’ve enjoy every single moment of playing Test cricket for the BLACKCAPS. I and am proud of everything we’ve been able to achieve as a team. ” said Wagner.

“The friendships and bonds built over my career are what I’ll cherish the most. I want to thank everyone who’s played a part in where I am today. My teammates have always meant the world to me and all I’ve ever wanted to do was what was best for the team – I hope that’s the legacy I will leave,” the pacer added.

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