The 36-year-old left-arm bowler Neil Wagner spoke candidly about the team’s jubilation after defeating England at the Basin Reserve in Wellington after New Zealand pulled off a thrilling victory against them by one run.
New Zealand was forced to bat second after England’s first-inning batters put up an outstanding performance. Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Tom Blundell all had outstanding innings to help the Kiwis put 483 runs on the board and set an English goal of 258 runs.
The match continued to swing from one end to the other like a pendulum. The contest was ultimately won by the hosts by the thinnest of margins. The English batters were challenged by Neil Wagner’s bombardment of short-pitched deliveries, which werethe present-day hero. The seasoned bowler spoke candidly about the group as well.
The Indian Express reported that Wagner said, Not five wickets or whatever, but someone’s nail fish-hook in my face, a couple of holes in my shoes with several legs sticking in the moments that stay life forever.
Outstanding perseverance on the part of the team: Wagner
During the second innings of the Wellington Test against England, Neil Wagner was his team’s best bowler. He scored four runs, including scalping notable players like Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and Ollie Pope. By winning by one run, the Kiwis tied the series at one game each.
Wagner discussed his thinking process near the end ofthe game.
Too many things ran through my mind. Gosh! Everything that meets the mark at the top. They needed two runs, so what ball should you bowl? Should I pitch it (up) and stand by his batting tees? Simply stay the course. Continue to consider putting that glove or catch in play. It simply fell off. Tremendous perseverance from the team, he continued.
It involves adding up the circumstances. There comes a time when you should attack Stokes, take chances, and see if you can bounce at Stokes and purchase a wicket. They knew they could escape, but they needed runs. Getting wickets makes it difficult for the following player to get going. It’sabout summing up the circumstances,” Wagner said in reference to the simultaneous sackings of Ben Stokes and Joe Root.