Shane Bond says New Zealand have new star in Neil Wagner
Bowling coach Shane Bond says New Zealand have unearthed a new star in left-arm seamer Neil Wagner.
Last Updated: 12/03/13 12:06pm
Wagner took 4-42 in England's first innings in the drawn first Test in Dunedin, with Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell three of his victims.
He then ran himself into the ground in taking 3-141 in 43 overs in England's second innings, and he was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers in what was just his fourth Test.
Wagner has got Pietersen out cheaply three times in succession, including in both innings in Dunedin.
"Any time you have the wood on KP, it's good," Bond said. "I don't know if he has the wood on him, but he will have got a lot of confidence from that."
Wagner, like his pace-bowling colleagues, was prescribed light duties in practice on Tuesday after their efforts to bowl England out a second time, and Bond was impressed with the 26-year-old's stamina and determination.
"That's the one thing I've really enjoyed about working with Neil, that never-say-die attitude - he will always run in," said Bond.
"Even on the back end of the fifth day, he was still running in hard after 40 overs. That's credit to him."