Neil Wagner, New Zealand left-arm fast bowler, started Saturday by being called into the national squad, and finished it by hitting the winning runs in Queenstown against England XI. Wagner singled out Kevin Pietersen’s lack of runs as a significant boost for the home side, going into the first Test in Dunedin, after the New Zealand XI managed to disrupt England’s preparations.
Wagner claimed six wickets in the match, and produced some lively spells in the second innings to trouble England’s batsmen. Pietersen made scores of 12 and 8 in his first match of the tour, while Nick Compton hit 21 and 1. For both those players, the four-day match in Queenstown was their only chance to spend time in the middle, ahead of the Test series.
“For me, personally, it was a good thing that the top order, apart from Belly (Ian Bell) who played exceptionally, hasn’t had a long hit out there,” Wagner said. “Guys like Kevin haven’t batted that long in this tour match…so it’s good that he’s going into the Test without much batting under his belt. It does help us. We can hammer on his confidence and try to give him nothing.Read more
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