Neil Wagner arrived at the County Ground yesterday ahead of his six week stint playing for Northants Cricket.
Wagner will join the club for the final five LV= County Championship matches of the season. He is a pace bowler and has an excellent reputation and record in both domestic and International cricket, having played in 15 tests for New Zealand, having taken 55 wickets at an average of just over 33. In First Class cricket, he has taken 362 wickets at an average of just over 25.
The twentyeight year-old has been with New Zealand on their historic tour of the West Indies where the Kiwi’s won the series 2-1 earlier in the summer.
On joining Northants, Wagner told Steelback TV, “It’s a big honour and a pleasure for me to come and play my cricket here with Northants where I’m looking forward to playing the last few games of the season”.
“I always love coming to England and I’ve had a lot of good times over here. I’ve always wanted to play county cricket so I’m really excited to get going. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a long time now so I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead”.
Wagner said, about the comparison between county cricket in England and in New Zealand, “apart from Test Cricket, county cricket in England is up there with the best in the world and it’s a great opportunity to test your skill at the highest level”.
“I’m looking forward to meet the squad – I’ve heard a lot of good things about them, especially from Ian Butler who was obviously here earlier on in the season”.
Talking about what the Northants fans can expect from him, Wagner said ‘I’m someone who prides themselve on the hard work and passion on the cricket field so I’m here to help the club and enjoy myself.”