3 takeaways from Australia’s whitewash of New Zealand
Wagner the most lion-hearted performer
For those who hadn’t paid enough attention already, this series should be an eye-opener that Neil Wagner is the most hard-working and persevering competitor in not just the Kiwi team but also, probably, in the world.
His relentless barrage of short deliveries, even when the situation was hopeless and thorough commitment to his team speaks of a man who is willing to fight even in the most adverse and uninspring circumstances for his team.
Wagner’s efforts didn’t go unrewarded. He picked up a good deal of wickets and also reached the 200-wicket mark in the longest format of the game. It is now clear that when the pitch isn’t providing any help, Wagner is the man New Zealand can rely on to tirelessly run-in and make things happen. As we saw, he usually does!
While Tim Southee and Trent Boult would remain the two most important bowlers in the New Zealand team, the value of Wagner would be at the same level.Published 06 Jan 2020, 17:11 IST