Yorkshire sign Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner for first 10 fixtures

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09 Dec 2022 | 03:24 AM
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Yorkshire sign Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner for first 10 fixtures

Wagner will now represent Yorkshire after stints with Essex and Lancashire

The 36-year-old Neil Wagner will now represent Yorkshire in the opening ten games of the 2023 County Championship season, after plying his trade for Lancashire and Essex in the competition before. The left-arm pacer will join the squad ahead of the season opener on April 6 against Leicestershire. 

Yorkshire’s Director of cricket, Darren Gough was thoroughly pleased by the signing, and insisted that his experience will be invaluable to the County Championship side. 

"We are delighted to have confirmed the signing of Neil for the opening ten rounds of the Championship," Gough said.

"His record in first-class cricket is phenomenal, and the impact he has had on Test cricket playing for New Zealand has been huge. We are blessed to have some great bowlers to choose from within our ranks and believe that, with the addition of Neil, we have the bowlers to bowl any team out," he added.

Wagner has a big task in hand, with Yorkshire getting the relegation last season, from Division one to two, in the endeavor to take the club back to greater heights. Back in 2017, Wagner has experienced the winning feeling, with Essex, and also brings in truck load of experience to the Yorkshire setup, with 246 Test wickets. 

"I've always enjoyed playing my cricket in England and to be getting this opportunity again at such a big club like Yorkshire CCC is a great honour. I feel like I can offer a lot to the team with my experience, attitude and skill set, so I can't wait to get going. I want to be a big part of helping move the team back up into Division One,” Wagner said.

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