New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner will miss the second Test vs Pakistan due to his toe injury, coach Gary Stead confirmed on Thursday.

Neil Wagner has been ruled out for up to six weeks. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wagner battled through the pain of two broken toes in 1st Test vs Pakistan
  • Wagner was instrumental in New Zealand sealing victory late on final day
  • Wagner would miss 2nd Test vs Pakistan at Hagley Oval in Christchurch

New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed that star pacer Neil Wagner will miss the second Test against Pakistan at Hagley Oval in Christchurch starting on Sunday due to broken toes.

Wagner braved 2 broken toes and inspired his team to a memorable victory that would take Williamson’s side to the top of the ICC Test rankings. A Shaheen Afridi yorker hit Wagner on Sunday, but he overcame the injury to bowl in both the innings for New Zealand.

“Neil was absolutely outstanding,” Stead told reporters at Christchurch airport on Thursday. “I don’t think there are too many individuals who could do what he did in that test match.

“Neil hasn’t traveled with us. The injections he was getting (to lessen the pain) were wearing off (quickly) and we can’t let him go through that again.”

Wagner would be out of action for up to six weeks. Stead said they would likely name his replacement on Friday, adding that they would go “like for like”.

Stead was pleased with the first Test performance against a tough Pakistan side, who were behind for much of the match but were still in with a chance of snatching victory in the final session.

“That was tough, really hard test cricket and it was good to come out on the right side of it against a tough Pakistan team,” he said.

“I thought Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam’s partnership was outstanding … and they nearly took the game away from us.

“That’s what makes Test cricket what it is.”



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