Neil “Wags” Wagner is known for his fierce never say die attitude with the ball. The South African-born left arm seamer can also produce reverse swing, making him an exciting new comer to the New Zealand squad. He is capable of taking wickets when they are needed most and even in the most batter friendly conditions.
Wagner started his cricketing career in South Africa where he made his first-class debut for Northerns in 2005-06. During the 2006-07 season he toured Bangladesh and Zimbabwe with the South African National Academy side as well as fielding for the Proteas as twelfth man in two tests. However, in 2009-10 he was lured to New Zealand and was an instant success.
In his second season for the Volts, 2010-11, he was the leading wicket taker in the Plunket Shield, and then again in 2011-12 season he gained top honours taking 46 wickets.
The call came, and he joined the New Zealand Test squad to tour West Indies in 2012. He had only limited success, but showed enough signs to keep the selectors interested in him. However another strong domestic season in 2012-13 earned Wags a squad spot to tour South Africa and then again to play England in the series at home.
Neil is an exciting prospect for the future and one to look out for during Test match cricket. His ability to take wickets and change the momentum of a match should keep every batter on his toes.