SA-born Wagner debuts for NZ

2012-07-25 16:13

North Sound, Antigua - New Zealand won the toss and will bat first against the West Indies in the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Wednesday.

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The Kiwis, looking to bounce back from series losses in the preceding Twenty20 and one-day internationals, left out fast bowler Tim Southee and leg-spinner Tarun Nethula, while BJ Watling and Trent Boult also miss out through injury.

Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner, born in South Africa, was included for his debut.

West Indies welcomed back fast bowler Kemar Roach and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul to a side confident after its limited-overs victories.

The hosts omitted opening batsman Adrian Barath and fast bowler Tino Best from their squad of 13.


West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul.

New Zealand: Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Kruger van Wyk, Daniel Vettori, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Chris Martin.


  • mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-07-25 16:44

    well done man, you made the best descision to join many other expats treated with contempt . south africas loss and that will be very visible as time moves on. it has already occured with the sa olympic team which has diminished from the first in barcelona of 280 down to a mere 125 in london.

      timothy.vanas - 2012-07-25 18:46

      He was born in SA it didn't say he moved to NZ. His parents my have moved there a long time ago. Stop bad mouthing SA and another thing I don't think he would've made squad because currently we have one of the best teams in the world. Look at what they did with the top ranked team in the test.

      grenville.felton - 2012-07-26 07:42

      @mark FAD expate playing for other countries would never have made SA sides maybe a 1 or 2 exceptions but this has not been a great loss we have too much talets in SA.

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 10:03

      We need to stop blaming the Quota system whenever we see a former South African player making his name in another country. In all of the cases you will find out that it was not the qouta system that drove them away but rather the high standard of South African cricket.... SA has a lot of talent and the National team only has 11 places which will not be able to absorb all of these players.... Neil Wagner was just not good enough and never matched the talent of bowlers that the Titans had. He played for Northerns which is the B side. He played 2 games for the Titans where he opened the bowling with Ethy Mbhalathi. He was subsequently replaced by a white player in games after. He never even made the SA under 19 but was in the National academy. If he really was a victim of the quota system, can he name the black player that was chosen ahead of him?? Even if there was a player of colour that was chosen ahead of him there were still other 10 positions to fight for...... He just couldnt crack it.. Not good enough....

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 10:36

      The Titans bowling line up in the SuperSport Series of 2006/2007 was as folllows: 1.E.Mbalathi 2.M.Morkel 3.A.Morkel 4.A.Thomas 5.P.Harris All of this bowlers were amongst the top wicket takers during that season. Wagner only got to play a game or two when M.Morkel was away only to make way for him when he came back.... So who was he hoping to replace in that line up?? Stay in New Zealand we dont need you.

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 11:30

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 11:20

    Im really tired of your Pietersens, Trotts, Van Wyks and now Wagner who claim to have left because of the Quota System. Claims they cant even substantiate. The quota system is the convinient scape goat.... Just admit that you were NOT GOOD ENOUGH compared to the talent that was there at that moment...

  • eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-07-26 14:55

    Played with him at school, serious pace!! Well done Neil!!

  • eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-07-26 14:59

    When did he ever say he was nailed by the quota system??????? Don't put words in his mouth. . . . . .idiots!!!!!

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 15:07 Read more and dont be a fool Mr Eugene. Follow cricket at all levels not just when you see players at national level....

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 15:15

      When he left the country this guy blamed the quota system, but later on he came to his sense and changed his tone. Admitted that the Titans had a very good bowling line-up.

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 16:13

      @eugene.vandermerwe............READ IDIOT!!!!

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