Player Profile

Neil Wagner
New Zealand
Born March 13, 1986 ( 33 Yrs )
Birth Place Pretoria, Transvaal
Height
Known As
Player Role Bowler
Player Bat Style Left Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Left-arm fast-medium

Career Information - Teams

Otago, New Zealand, New Zealand A, Northamptonshire, New Zealand Board Presidents XI, Lancashire, Essex, Northern Knights


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

Wagner is one of the several South Africans who plies his trade for New Zealand. The left-handed bowler started his career in Afrikaans High School in Pretoria before shifting base to Otago in 2009. He had a brilliant 2010/11 season, where he was the highest wicket taker with 46 wickets. That got him a Test call up for the West Indies series in 2012.

Wagner had a decent series against England where he picked up 19 wickets in 5 matches (both home and away). He picked up his first five wicket haul against Bangladesh at Dhaka. Already with the ability to swing the ball both ways, he also added reverse swing to his arsenal. Wagner had pretty ordinary run in the home series against West Indies in 2013, but the team management persisted with him and he didn't disappoint. In the two Tests against India, Wagner picked up 11 wickets and was one of the heroes in the famous win at Auckland.

Of late, Wagner has been employing the short ball tactic to brutal effect. It's ruffled some feathers alright but more importantly it's proved to be a wicket-taking option. One major test going ahead would be to find ways to be effective in the sub-continent as well, since he's only played 1 Test in the same. Another challenge is to reinvent himself for the shorter formats. As things stand, he's only seen as a Test specialist by the Kiwis.


ByCricbuzz Staff


Career

TEST debut vs West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Jul 25, 2012
Last TEST vs England at Seddon Park, Nov 29, 2019

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Test 45 56 14 521 47 12.40 1205 43.24 0 0 0 57 19
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
T20 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
Test 45 83 9822 5098 189 39/7 73/9 3.11 26.97 51.97 9 0
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0