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New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner retires from international cricket

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New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner announced his retirement from international cricket.

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Wagner bids adieu

The 37-year-old released a statement amidst “an emotional week” for him.

New Zealand listed Wagner with the squad that will face Australia.

However, he was dropped for the first Test in Wellington and will unlikely play for the second test in Christchurch.

Nonetheless, Wagner expressed his gratitude to his Black Caps teammates, as he is ready to make way for the young players.

“It’s not easy to step away from something you’ve given so much to and got so much out of,” he said.

“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 Black Caps and am proud of everything we’ve been able to achieve as a team.”

“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.”

Wagner’s legacy

Wagner finishes his Test career fifth overall on the list of New Zealand Test wicket-takers with 260. 

The left-armer is only behind Sir Richard Hadlee (431), Tim Southee (376), Daniel Vettori (361), and Trent Boult (317).

In addition, Wagner finishes his 64-test career with a strike rate of 52 

Wagner also thanked his family for supporting him throughout his cricket career.

“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. I’d like to thank my wife Lana for her support in helping me be the man I am today and for helping bring our two little girls Olivia and Zahli, and our boy Josh into the world. I’m looking forward to one final week in camp and will be doing everything I can to help prepare and support the boys,” he added.

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