Neil Wagner Has Bid Farewell To His International Cricket Career , A 12 year Long Career Comes To An End .

Fiery New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner has bid farewell to his illustrious international cricket career, marking the end of a spirited 12-year journey in Test cricket. The 37-year-old stalwart announced his retirement ahead of the Test series against Australia, where he was informed of his exclusion from the playing XI. Wagner’s decision to retire comes amidst a wave of emotions, as he reflects on his remarkable tenure representing the Black Caps.

Neil Wagner retirement
Neil Wagner retirement , image – getty image.

Neil Wagner has said goodbye to his international cricket career.

Having adorned the prestigious black jersey in 64 Test matches, Wagner leaves behind a legacy that resonates with grit, determination, and sheer passion for the game. His pivotal role in clinching the inaugural World Test Championship title stands as a testament to his prowess as one of New Zealand’s finest fast bowlers.

With 260 Test wickets under his belt, Wagner etches his name in the annals of New Zealand cricket history, securing the fifth position on the all-time wicket-takers list. His remarkable strike-rate of 52.7 is surpassed only by the legendary Sir Richard Hadlee among Kiwi bowlers with a century of Test wickets or more.

“It’s not easy to step away from something you’ve given so much to and got so much out of, but it’s now time for others to step up and take this team forward,” he was quoted as saying in a New Zealand Cricket media release.

Neil Wagner retirement
Neil Wagner retirement , image – getty image.

“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. 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.”

In bidding adieu to the international arena, Wagner acknowledges the bittersweet nature of his decision. Reflecting on the past week, he admits the emotional weight accompanying his retirement deliberations. However, amidst the poignant farewells, Wagner affirms his conviction that the timing is right to transition into the next chapter of his life.

As Neil Wagner prepares to embark on a new journey beyond the cricket field, the cricketing fraternity celebrates his indelible contributions and wishes him well in all his future endeavors. His unwavering spirit, relentless determination, and unwavering commitment to the game will forever be cherished, leaving an indelible mark on New Zealand cricket.

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