‘I think for me personally it was tough to miss out on the first Test’, admits Neil Wagner

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“I want to put my hand up and make [the] most of every opportunity I get”

New Zealand pace bowler Neil Wagner, who picked up his maiden five-wicket wicket haul today, has admitted that it was “tough to miss out on the first Test” against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Wagner noted that he wanted to “make [the] most of” this opportunity and also secure a permanent spot for himself in New Zealand’s Test squad.

“I want to put my hand up and make [the] most of every opportunity I get,” he said. “I think for me personally it was tough to miss out on the first Test but it is one of those things.

“When you get another chance, you have to grab it with both hands. I have to put my head down and try to do this again. There’s always a couple of plans in place [when I bowl]. At the end of the day if the plan comes off it is a pretty good thing.”

Speaking about his five-wicket haul, Wagner stated that it was “tough work” bowling on a slow pitch.

“It is tough work out there,” he said. “You have to keep running in, keep fighting. It is pretty slow but I enjoy bowling on a wicket like that.

“You have to make sure you don’t leak too much runs. Dougie [Bracewell] and Trent [Boult] started off well. They created the pressure for me to take the wickets.”

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