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Neil Wagner, who won New Zealand’s World Test Championship, has decided to step down from international cricket


<p>Tuesday, February 27, at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner made the heartbreaking announcement that he was quitting the game of international cricket. Wagner took 260 wickets in his career as a Test player for New Zealand, playing 64 matches, including the winning World Test Championship (WTC) final against India in 2021. He will play his final week with the team during the next two-match Test series against Australia.</p>
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<p>Wagner will be cut from the squad prior to the second Test in Christchurch and will not be included in the starting XI for the first Test between the trans-Tasman rivals, which begins in Wellington on February 29. Wagner decided to hang up his boots after learning that he wasn’t included in New Zealand’s best XI for the series, according to an ESPNCricinfo report. Head coach Gary Stead, who was present with the 37-year-old at the press conference, had the difficult talk with the left-arm pacer.</p>
<p>Wagner remarked, “It’s been an emotional week.” “It’s difficult to leave something you’ve invested so much in and benefited from so much, but it’s time for others to take the lead and move this team forward. After reflecting on his career, Wagner said, “I’ve loved every minute of playing Test cricket for New Zealand and am proud of everything we’ve been able to achieve as a team.” He will be letting that Black Cap rest and hopefully leaving a legacy that will be remembered for a very long time.</p>
<p>Neil Wagner sheds tears at the Wellington press conference where he announces his retirement alongside head coach Gary Stead.<br />
Beyond his statistics and achievements, Stead praised Wagner, stating that the pacer’s legacy as a Blackcaps player will live on. “While Neil’s stats are impressive, I believe we shouldn’t undervalue his contributions to the team in times of need when he managed to produce a wicket. Many of our great Test victories have been attributed to his accuracy, execution, and tenacity, and he will always be remembered for his lion-hearted nature,” Stead continued.</p>
<p>“Workhorse” Wagner was well-known for his fervent celebrations and never-give-up mentality, which allowed him to bowl with two swollen fingers in one instance and draw a Test match for New Zealand with the bat. Wagner will undoubtedly be disappointed not to receive a farewell Test, but this pretty much sums up his career: he never asked for attention, but instead earned it by giving every ball he bowled his all and risking everything.</p>
<p>The 37-year-old, who played his last Test match for New Zealand in Hamilton against South Africa, will be honored on March 13 at the NZC awards and at the Basin Reserve at the beginning of the first day of the opening Test against Australia. Wagner finished his career as New Zealand’s fifth-highest wicket-taker in men’s Test cricket.</p>


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