Wagner to come back for second Test against India
After missing the first Test in Wellington on paternity leave, Neil Wagner is all set to return to the New Zealand bowling attack for the second Test against India in Christchurch beginning Saturday.
Wagner is expected to make a comeback to the New Zealand Test squad on Wednesday, replacing Matt Henry.
It was Kyle Jamieson who came in for Wagner and made his Test debut in Wellington. He shone both with bat and ball, leaving the Black Caps in a bit of drama over who to play and who to leave out.
However, New Zealand coach Gary Stead insisted that Wagner will play the second Test.
“Yeah, that’s always good selection dilemmas to have. Neil Wagner will come back and he’s been a force in our team for a long time, and obviously Kyle Jamieson made the most of his debut, and the way he played, I thought, was outstanding as well, did a really good job for us,” said Stead.
Stead also brushed aside any possibility of giving Wagner more time to spend with his wife and baby daughter while Jamieson taking his place in the meantime.
“You always think about those things, but I think Neil Wagner, it was pretty hard missing one Test let alone two Tests, so no, he’ll be back with us without a doubt.”
With Hagley Oval being a venue to traditionally favour the fast bowlers, there is another chance that New Zealand could play both Wagner and Jamieson in a pace heavy attack which will also include Tim Southee and Trent Boult.