Tom Latham praises Neil Wagner for his “accuracy”


Neil Wagner

After thumping the Men in Blue 3-0 in the ODI series, New Zealand dominated the first Test of the series and claimed a well-deserved victory. Even after winning the first game by 10 wickets, the Black Caps were missing one of their crucial players in Wellington – Neil Wagner. The left-arm pacer has been one of the main reasons for New Zealand’s success in red-ball cricket.

The way he uses his bouncers has made him one of the most lethal bowlers in recent times. He missed the first Test in Wellington due to the birth of his child but he is all set to stage a comeback for the second game in Christchurch.

Tom Latham, the wicketkeeper-batsman, heaped praise on the pacer and revealed that he is one of the most talented bowlers in the world right now. He further stated that his accuracy is second to none. Speaking about the seamer, Latham also explained that Wagner has been a quality performer for the Kiwis for quite a while now and he never shies away from bowling some fiery bouncers while practicing in the nets.

“I have not actually seen him (Wagner) yet. He has been a quality performer for us. He bowls short balls at us every now and then in the nets. That is something he has been so good at. His accuracy is second to none,” Latham told media just ahead of the second Test.

Neil Wagner

Wagner was one of the most successful bowlers in 2019. He picked up 43 wickets in just 11 innings at an average of 17. The left-arm pacer picked up 4 five-wicket hauls. Interestingly, Wagner has played 10 innings less than Pat Cummins who was the leading wicket-taker last year.

Latham also discussed the team’s amazing victory in Wellington. The left-hand batsman noted that the team is extremely happy with the result and it was good to see everybody chipping in for the win. He further explained the team is always looking to improve in every aspect and will never take a strong side like India “lightly.” Latham also praised Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Kyle Jamieson for their superlative effort in the first game.

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Tim Southee was named Man of the Match for picking up nine wickets in the entire match and will be looking to repeat the same performance.

The second Test between New Zealand and India will take place on February 29.