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Wagner glad for Jamieson’s remarkable debut performance


New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner has expressed his delight over Kyle Jamieson’s performance in the first Test against India in Wellington.Wagner glad for Jamieson's remarkable debut performance

As Wagner took a paternity leave for his new born daughter, Jamieson took his place in the Test squad, and shone with all-round performance on his debut.

Jamieson was excellent with the ball in hand during India’s first innings, as he was the pick of the bowlers, ending with glorious figures of four for 39.

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The 25-year-old cricketer also contributed with the bat, making 44 off 45 balls, smashing four over boundaries to help his side reach 348 in reply to India’s first innings collection of 165.

“I’m really glad and happy for him to get his opportunity and done what he has done. He’ll take a lot of confidence from it and it’ll do him a hell of a lot of good for his future as well,” Wagner said on his replacement.

Another player’s performance in particular also delighted Wagner.

“I’m very stoked for Timmy [Tim Southee] to be able to get the rewards from the hard work he’s put in the whole summer,” Wagner said.

“There are lot of period where he bowled long, hard tough overs into the wind and I’ve got all the success and Timmy didn’t get all those rewards. He finally reaped all those rewards he deserves, I was very happy sitting there in hospital,” he added.

After taking four for 49 in the first innings, Southee completed a five-wicket haul in the second innings at expense of 61 runs to rip through the Indian batting line-up, folding them for a paltry 191.

“I think that performance the guys put up in Wellington was an exceptional performance and that puts the stepping-stone down for what we have got to keep doing and even be better with in Christchurch this week,” said Wagner.

Wagner will return for the second Test against India starting in Christchurch on Saturday as the Black Caps push for a series victory over the No.1 ranked side in Test cricket.

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