New Zealand’s Neil Wagner completes 150 wickets in Test cricket

Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner completed 150 wickets in Test cricket for New Zealand during the second day of the first Test against Pakistan played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Neil Wagner dismissed tail-ender Yasir Shah to achieve the landmark before the tea break. The 32-year old was born in South African and opted to play cricket for New Zealand. He currently has taken 150 wickets in 37 matches at an average of 28.07 with five-fors to his name. Wagner has a regular in the Test side for New Zealand and has done a splendid job as the third seamer in the XI behind Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

He made his Test debut for New Zealand against West Indies at North Sound in 2012. The pacer has shown consistency and hard work for New Zealand in red-ball cricket and has managed to cement his place in the XI in Test cricket.

In 2017, he managed to register his career-best figures of 7 for 39 in a Test match played against West Indies at Basin Reserve, Wellington. He certainly has a lot of to offer to New Zealand cricket and will be looking to maintain his consistency with the ball for the side in Test cricket. Neil Wagner has yet to play shorter formats for New Zealand. He will certainly to continue his good form in the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka in December.

Sir Richard Hadlee still leads the list of leading wicket-takers for New Zealand in Test cricket. He picked up 431 wickets in 86 matches. Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori is second on the list with 361 scalps to his name. In the current lineup, Trent Boult has taken 219 wickets in 55 matches while Tim Southee has 220 wickets to his name in Test cricket.

Other notable names on the list of bowlers who have taken 150 wickets or more for New Zealand are Chris Martins (233), Chris Cairns (218), and Danny Morrison (160).