Big news: Sudden retirement of player who won New Zealand ‘Test’ World Cup, cries out loud

Neil Wagner Bids Farewell to International Cricket:
Neil Wagner Bids Farewell to International Cricket:

Neil Wagner Bids Farewell to International Cricket:

New Zealand’s Prolific Fast Bowler Neil Wagner Announces Retirement:

In a press conference held at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner declared his retirement from international cricket. Wagner, a key figure in the New Zealand cricket team, has represented the country in 64 Test matches, including the 2021 World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. The veteran bowler has had an illustrious career, claiming a total of 260 wickets.

Emotional Farewell and Acknowledgment:

Neil Wagner expressed the emotional nature of his decision during the press conference, acknowledging the challenges of parting ways with a game that has been a significant part of his life. He shared his sentiments, stating, “It’s been an emotional week. It’s not easy to walk away from a game where you’ve given so much and gained so much from it, but it’s time for others to take this team forward.” Wagner expressed pride in representing New Zealand and conveyed his happiness with the achievements made during his cricketing journey.

Final Week with the Team and Upcoming Test Series:

Wagner will spend his final week with the New Zealand team during the upcoming two-match Test series against Australia. However, he will not be part of the playing XI for the first Test scheduled in Wellington from February 29. Instead, Wagner will bid farewell to international cricket ahead of the second Test in Christchurch.

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Tributes from Head Coach Gary Stead:

New Zealand’s head coach, Gary Stead, paid tribute to Neil Wagner, emphasizing the invaluable contributions the fast bowler made to the team. Stead acknowledged Wagner’s ability to consistently take wickets in challenging conditions and praised his dedication to the sport. Wagner’s departure marks the end of an era, and his impact on New Zealand cricket will not be forgotten.

As Neil Wagner prepares to conclude his international cricket journey, the cricketing community extends gratitude for his remarkable contributions to the sport and wishes him the very best in his future endeavors.

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