Somerset sign Neil Wagner for final three rounds of County Championship
"I'm looking forward to joining up with Somerset and hopefully I can help them finish the season strongly," Wagner said.
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Somerset County Cricket Club recently came forward to announce that they had signed the services of New Zealand international Neil Wagner. It was announced that they had signed the 37-year-old for the final three rounds of the County Championship.
Wagner was scheduled to compete for Yorkshire, but his hamstring injury and bulging disc in his back that he sustained against Sri Lanka in March prevented him from doing so. He had also played for a handful of County teams like Essex, Lancashire, and Northamptonshire.
Furthermore, Wagner is all set to be available for Somerset on September 3. The side currently find themselves in fifth place in Division One of the Championship, and they will hope that Wagner’s arrival will go a long way and help them register some much-needed points on the table.
I'm looking forward to joining up with Somerset: Wagner
Following the announcement that Somerset had signed Wagner, the 37-year-old came forward to reflect on his arrival. He opined that he was looking forward to playing with the club and wanted to help them finish the season strongly. He also stated that he has previous experience of playing County cricket and that it is something that he enjoys.
"I'm looking forward to joining up with Somerset and hopefully I can help them finish the season strongly. I've played English county cricket before and it's something that I really enjoy. Division One is very competitive again this year and there are no easy games, but I'll be doing everything that I can to make sure that Somerset finish as close to the top of the table as possible," Neil Wagner was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Furthermore, Somerset’s Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry, came forward to state that the side had been in the market for a quality international bowler for quite some time now, and with Wagner’s arrival, they will be filling that spot.
"We have been working extremely hard to secure the services of a quality international bowler for the last three red-ball fixtures of the season, Neil is a proven performer at the very highest level and has vast experience as well as a thorough understanding of Championship cricket," Andy Hurry said.