County news 2014 July 11, 2014

Wagner set for county bow with Northants

ESPNcricinfo staff

Neil Wagner, the New Zealand seamer, will make his debut in English county cricket with Northamptonshire after compatriot Ian Butler's retirement continued a run of bad luck with overseas signings for the county.

Wagner agreed his contract back in May, along with Butler, who made six T20 appearances for Northants. Wagner was expected to be available after the tour to West Indies and might take the field against Nottinghamshire in the Championship game in August.

Wagner had been excluded for the first two Tests, but was a vital component in New Zealand's first major overseas series win since 2002. He has not pegged down a regular spot in the Test side but his tendency to hold one end up and bowl long and tight spells add to his value. He has 362 wickets in first-class cricket at 25.11 with 16 five-wicket hauls. He is two short of 100 victims List A cricket, and has 53 dismissals at an economy of 8.6 in domestic T20s.

David Ripley, the Northamptonshire coach, had wanted to keep Butler for longer but said an injury had forced matters out of hand. Buttler has since called time on his career.

"We signed Ian at short notice, after a third overseas player withdrew, mainly for the NatWest T20 Blast but also hoped he would be able to manage playing in some County Championship games as well," Ripley said. "It's sad to say, that Ian picked up an injury and won't take any further part this season."

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  • kiwicricketnut on July 11, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    well i'd say northants injury woes are now officially over, wagner could lose a limb and he'd just get the sticky tape out, patch himself up and run in hard all day, he doesn't know how to quit, great buy for northants and its great seeing all these kiwis playing the off season on the county scene.

  • BlakeHoulihan on July 11, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Another kiwi playing in county cricket this season. Almost every match has at least one on the scorecard to keep me interested. Patel, Franklin, Claydon, McClenaghan, Munro, Williamson, Wagner, Butler, Marshall, Adams, Ryder, Styris.... Loving it!

  • StevieS on July 11, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Well said abhijeetkumar928, he has a massive heart and always gives it 100%, a perfect third seamer.

  • ak928 on July 11, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    neil wagner is a bowler who will give his 100% every time he comes on to bowl.........and he has been successful in his short test career till now................still remember the 1st test against india in which dhawan and kohli were taking india home untill wagner came and removed both of them.......and he has also been successful on dead wickets of ban and wi...........just because he keeps coming in all the time......a very good fast bowler.......

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