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Taylor cites ‘forced’ Wagner retirement; Williamson disagrees

by Noe

Ross Taylor describes the retirement of pacer Neil Wagner as “forced.” However, Kiwi batter Kane Williamson says otherwise.

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Former New Zealand batter believed Wagner had no choice in making his decision. Taylor said the pacer was not picked for the second Test match against Australia.

“I think it all makes sense a little bit. There is no sugarcoating it: I think it is a forced retirement,” Taylor was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying. “And to see that he is not selected… I think you do need to plan for the future.”

“I would not be looking much further than Neil Wagner. And I am sure the Australian batters are sleeping easily that he is not in the side,” he added.


Williamson has a different view of Wagner’s decision, saying that “nobody is forced to retire.”

“I do not think anybody is forced to retire,” Williamson said. “I think last week, he had a fantastic week and it was reflecting on what was an incredible career.”

Wagner announced his retirement after a long talk with coach Gary Stead. The 37-year-old eventually missed the second Test match despite William O’Rourke sustaining an injury and New Zealand choosing Ben Sears as a replacement.

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