Wellington, Dec 1 (AFP) Wagner bags career-best seven wickets as Windies crumble. New Zealand’s Neil Wagner took a career-best seven-wicket haul to orchestrate a stunning collapse as West Indies slumped to 134 all out on day one of the first Test in Wellington today. Twice in the innings Wagner took two wickets in successive balls, and the renowned short-ball specialist showed there was more in his armoury when he bowled West Indies captain Jason Holder with a genuine yorker. His figures of seven for 39 off 14.4 overs eclipsed his previous best six for 41 against Zimbabwe last year as he brought the West Indies’ first innings to an end midway through the second session of play.At tea, New Zealand were nine without loss in reply with Tom Latham on six and Jeet Raval on three. The West Indies went into the Test riding a wave of confidence after a series win over Zimbabwe and taking a Test off England in recent months. Even after losing the toss and being sent in to bat on a green wicket, openers Kieran Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite looked solid against the New Zealand quicks. The pitch was green but with cloudless skies and little wind there was no seam or swing movement for Trent Boult and Matt Henry.
It allowed Powell and Brathwaite to see off the new ball and steer the score to 59 without loss when the innings turned dramatically in Wagner’s third over. A menacing delivery targeting Brathwaite’s rib cage was fended straight to Henry Nicholls at short leg and the opener was gone for 24.
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