The New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner stated that winning the World Test Championship Trophy is the biggest achievement of his Test career. Wagner doesn’t represent New Zealand in the ODIs and thus for him, winning the WTC title will be the pinnacle of his cricketing achievements.
“I can’t speak for everyone, this is the ultimate for me to win a Test Championship final though it’s the first one and probably hard to compare with others, it’s definitely the pinnacle of the game for me,” he said on Saturday (June 26).
“[I had] never [dreamt of it]. That was sort of a dream and a ship that had sailed to be fair – thinking about the white-ball World Cup in some sort of a way. So, when the Test Championship came around and it was sort of explained to us a couple of years ago what it’s going to be like, I got quite excited by the idea. I thought it was quite special and I thought it was something that’s going to make Test cricket the way it is right now and make it quite exciting and add a bit more perspective to it.
“So, finally, I guess, getting to an ICC event and with something as big as that… how hard Test cricket is and to be able to do that for a period of two years; every Test match is extremely hard to try and put a performance in and win it. There’s a lot of things that’s got to go your way and a lot of hard work you got to do over five days.”
Neil Wagner went onto praise the latest member in their fast-bowling unit- Kyle Jamieson. The left-arm seamer showered praise on Jamieson’s dedication towards the game. Jamieson earned the Man of the Match performance in the WTC final, for returning with figures of 7 for 61 in the match.
“Just the way he has fit into the group and come in and play the way he’s done – to just do what he’s been doing in domestic cricket and do even better,” Wagner said.
“Every game he’s getting better and better, his willingness to learn, how he’s been bowling with the team and the performances he has put in have put him a long way ahead of the cricketer he’s still yet to be and become. He’s been instrumental to us; yes it’s been amazing to do it with Tim [Southee] and Trent [Boult] as well as myself,” he added.