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Neil Wagner picked up 31 wickets in Essex’s title-winning season final yr. © Getty
New Zealand speedy bowler Neil Wagner has been signed up by means of County champions Essex once more, and will likely be to be had to characteristic in the entire competitions for them. Wagner will pen a deal till the tip of July, with the Membership then having the solution to lengthen his keep in response to approval from NZC.
Within the workforce’s first County Championship identify in 25 years – in 2017 – Wagner was once massively spectacular with 31 wickets to his identify. He expressed his pride at returning to Chelmsford. “When I knew there was once a chance to return again to Essex, I used to be very prepared to get again to Chelmsford and construct at the exhausting paintings and luck of final season.”
“Everybody on the Membership made me really feel welcome final yr from the Contributors to the Industrial workforce, and I completely liked my time there. The squad and training body of workers had been sensible with me and I’m taking a look ahead to catching up with the buddies I made and bringing extra luck to this type of particular Membership.”
Essex head trainer Anthony McGrath additionally talked up the signing, praising Wagner’s all-round abilities.
“We have now been operating exhausting on bringing Neil again for some time. His performances had been very good final season and he provides one thing to the squad with each bat and ball. Off the sphere he was once very a lot a well-liked member of the squad and he brings Global enjoy to our thrilling staff of younger bowlers,” McGrath stated.
“He confirmed nice dedication to the Membership final yr and was once integral to what we accomplished. From the minute he joined he understood precisely what Essex is all about, and we’re taking a look ahead to welcoming him again this yr.”