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‘Mad’ Wagner finally succumbs to painful injury


#Neil #Wagner battled through the pain of two broken toes in the first #Test against #Pakistan, but #New #Zealand coach #Gary #Stead says the paceman will miss the second match at #Hagley #Oval in #Christchurch, starting on #Sunday.

#Wagner needed pain-killing injections during the #Test, which the hosts won by 101 runs, after he was struck on his right foot – his landing foot when he bowls – while batting on the second day at #Bay #Oval in #Mount #Maunganui.

#He bowled several lengthy spells over the next three days and was instrumental in #New #Zealand sealing victory late on the final day when he captured the wickets of century-maker #Fawad #Alam and the dangerous #Faheem #Ashraf to expose the #Pakistan tail.

“#Neil was absolutely outstanding,” #Stead told reporters at #Christchurch airport on #Thursday.

“I don’t think there are too many individuals who could do what he did in that #Test match.

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“#Neil hasn’t travelled with us. The injections he was getting (to lessen the pain) were wearing off (quickly) and we can’t let him go through that again.”

The left-arm quick will be out of action for up to six weeks. #Matt #Henry, who has often been drafted in when a pace bowler goes down injured, is in contention to play in the second #Test after recovering from a hand injury.

#Wagner said there was never any thought in his mind that he would pull out of the match.

“I know how bloody hard I had to work to get where I am now so I’m sure as hell not going to sit on the sidelines and watch other people do it,” he said after play on day four.

#No one has ever bowled like #Wagner: #Wade

“I want to be part of it and play my part.

“#Unless they carry me off on a stretcher, I’m going to try and do everything I can.”

The #Kiwi’s courage was applauded by the #Pakistanis, led by skipper #Mohammad #Rizwan.

“I just told him he’s mad,” #Rizwan said of #Wagner after the match.

“#He’s a different guy. #His attitude is everything, his aggression is very beautiful.”

NZ skipper #Kane #Williamson said he had to decide how best to use #Wagner in between pain-killing injections.

“#People talk about the size of his heart in terms of what he (normally) does on the cricket field but to have a couple of broken toes, and he’s in a lot of pain and going off to get injections and numbing his foot, and we’re trying to use him,” #Williamson said.

“#It was very, very special from #Wags, one the team appreciated. #We needed him out there and he delivered.”



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https://www.cricket.com.au/news/neil-wagner-two-broken-toes-new-zealand-pakistan-injury-kane-williamson-mohammad-rizwan/2020-12-31

##Mad ##Wagner #finally #succumbs #painful #injury

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