● Neil Wagner’s figures of seven for
39 are the best first- day analysis of a New Zealand bowler in a test at home, beating Simon Doull’s seven for 65 against India, also at the Basin Reserve on Boxing Day, 1998.
● At one point, Wagner took six for 17 in the space of 36 balls; overall he took his seven wickets in the space of
● Wagner has taken 38 wickets in his last seven- and- a- half tests, at a world class 22.7 apiece.
● Of the seven bowlers with more wickets for New Zealand than Wagner, only Richard Hadlee, with
431 at 22.29 has a better average than Wagner’s 27.71 for his 137 wickets.