July 20, 2012

New Zealand cricket

'Wagner may catch West Indies off guard'

Abhishek Mukherjee

Neil Wagner, who was named in the New Zealand squad against WICB President's XI that begins on Friday in Antigua, may be a tough prospect for the hosts if he makes his debut in the first Test, writes Adrian Seconi in Otago Daily Times.

His stock delivery is brisk, rather than lightning, and he relies on swing, more than seam, to remove batsmen. That style should suit the abrasive surface the Blacks Caps are likely to find in Antigua. Once the ball gets roughed up it might start reversing, and that is when Wagner is at his best. He can make the banal melodramatic. But he can also be relied on to get through his workload despite the all the drama and, when his nostrils are flaring, there is no better bowler in the country.

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