New Zealand vs Pakistan 2021: Neil Wagner ruled out of Christchurch Test due to toe injury

Dixit Bhargav
|Published December 31, 2020

Neil Wagner ruled out of Christchurch Test: The injured fast bowler from New Zealand earns applause for bowling with an injured toe.

New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner has been ruled out of the second Test against Pakistan scheduled to commence from January 3 in Christchurch.

Wagner, who registered match figures of 29-14-105-4 despite an injured toe, was seen oozing strong emotions post dismissing Fawad Alam in the first innings.

The 34-year old player chose not to walk off the ground because of an injury. Instead, the left-arm bowler bowled with the same intensity after having pain-killing injections.

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In what was only the second Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, the cliffhanger match witnessed Wagner dismissing Faheem Ashraf and Alam in the second innings to put the opposition on the back foot.

Neil Wagner ruled out of Christchurch Test

Speaking in an interview with Reuters, New Zealand coach Gary Stead revealed that Wagner has been ruled out of action not just from the second Test but for a period of 4-6 weeks.

“Neil [Wagner] was absolutely outstanding,” Stead was quoted as saying by Reuters. “I don’t think there are too many individuals who could do what he did in that test match.

“Neil hasn’t traveled with us [to Christchurch]. The injections he was getting [to lessen the pain] were wearing off [quickly] and we can’t let him go through that again,” Stead said.

Before Stead, Wagner had earned praise from his captain Kane Williamson during the post-match presentation ceremony yesterday. Williamson, who had won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for scoring his 23rd Test century, admitted to watching a “unique” process regarding Wagner’s approach in the match.

“People talk about the size of his heart, perhaps, in terms of what he does on the cricket field, but to have a couple of broken toe… he was in a lot of pain and he was going off and having injections and numbing his foot and we were trying to use him when the injection was taking effect – it was kind of unique for all of us,” Williamson said.

“His appetite and motivation to be out there and try and make a difference for the team is huge and we haven’t seen it any bigger than the effort he’s put in across this Test match. It had an impact on his ability to operate at 100 per cent, but he still came in and got the breakthrough like he does for us so often when he’s at full strength. It was a very, very special effort from Wags, one that the team appreciated. We needed him out there and he delivered,” the 30-year old player added.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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