Wagner hoping for white-ball chance

14 October 2018 22:10:30 GMTPlus11

Paceman Neil Wagner is aiming to show he can make an impact with the white ball for New Zealand.

The South African-born player has represented the Black Caps in 36 Tests, taking 149 wickets, but admits his unfulfilled dream is to translate that form into success in limited overs cricket.

It's a completely different style of bowling because you have to bring the wickets into play a bit more.

Neil Wagner

"It's something that I've always wanted in my life," he said. "I think there was a period of time where I put way too much pressure on myself in wanting to achieve it too much, and trying too hard to get there, and felt like I had to set the world on fire."

Wagner says his problem may have been that he's tried too hard, and does feel he has the required skills for white-ball cricket.

"Sometimes I feel like I am dreaming, because it's probably not going to happen, and I'm not getting any younger, and the guys there have been doing an amazing job," he added. "If I pay too much attention to that you sort of lose focus on the things you do well, so for me it's just to keep contributing and doing what I do best, and hopefully that opportunity arises."

Wagner returned to action last week, following his stint with Essex in the English summer, when he took seven wickets in Northern Districts' Plunket Shield win over his former side Otago.

The left-armer has been renowned for his short ball, but says he was determined not to be seen as a "one-trick pony" and worked on variations in his bowling while he was with Essex.

"You can sometimes fall into the trap of just bowling the short stuff and just working on that, and lose your other skill a little bit," he said. "It's a completely different style of bowling because you have to bring the wickets into play a bit more."

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