Lancashire sign up Wagner

Lancashire have announced New Zealand paceman Neil Wagner as their overseas signing for the 2016 season.

The left-armer will be available from the start of the season and will be primarily used in the County Championship following Lancashire’s promotion to the top-tier.

Wagner, 29, will add experience and a whole-hearted attitude to the Red Rose attack having played 18 Tests and taken 67 wickets for New Zealand.

“We are delighted to have brought in Neil Wagner to strengthen our bowling attack,” Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles said.

“Neil is a world-class bowler with a tremendous pedigree and having him available for such an extended period will give our County Championship Division One campaign a real boost.

Lancashire have signed New Zealand left-arm paceman Neil Wagner with a focus on the County Championship

“I am looking forward to him adding some additional quality to our squad.”

Wagner had a brief stint in county cricket two years ago, when he was part of the relegated Northamptonshire squad, while he has experience in the north-west having played grade cricket for the Liverpool Lancashire League club Ormskirk.

“I am extremely excited to play for such a great club. I have always admired Lancashire, ever since playing in for Ormskirk in 2008,” he said.

“I’m very much looking forward to joining up with the squad and working with Ashley and the rest of the team. I hope my contributions will help Lancs to win some silverware to sit in the cabinet at Emirates Old Trafford.”

Wagner was born in South Africa – he once appeared as a 12th man for the Proteas – before moving to New Zealand, where he claimed five wickets in an over for Otago against Wellington in 2011.

Source: ECB

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