This New Zealand Superstar Pacer Announces His Retirement, Leaves This Emotional Message

The left-arm bowler from New Zealand Neil Wagner has declared his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. New Zealand Cricket officially shared the news, stating that he won’t be part of the playing XI in the upcoming Test against Australia at the Cello Basin Reserve.

Wagner will be released from the squad before the second Test in Christchurch. This marks the end of an impressive 12-year career, including 64 Tests.

Wagner established himself as a key player for New Zealand, earning recognition for his relentless dedication on the field. With an impressive tally of 260 Test wickets, he holds the fifth position among the leading Test wicket-takers for New Zealand.

His bowling average of 27 reflects his consistent and impactful performances. With a strike rate of 52, he closely follows the legendary Sir Richard Hadlee, emphasizing his significant influence in the world of cricket. His remarkable contributions in victories stand out, having taken 143 wickets at an impressive average of 22 in 32 triumphs.

“Neil’s numbers are phenomenal, but I don’t think we can underestimate his contributions to the team when the chips were down and he found a way to create a wicket. Neil gave absolutely everything to the BLACKCAPS and we are certainly going to miss his energy and ‘never give in’ attitude,” said Kiwi Head Coach Gary Stead as quoted by Hindustan Times.

Wagner said, “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 enjoyed every single moment of playing Test cricket for the BLACKCAPS and am proud of everything we’ve been able to achieve as a team.”

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He further added, “The friendships and bonds built over my career are what I’ll cherish the most and 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.”

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