Wellington, May 7 (ANI): New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner is reportedly favoured to secure a place in the Test squad for Lord's after bowling his side to victory in the first-class warm-up match against Derbyshire.
The left-arm paceman snared 5-45, and returned match figures of 8-78, as the tourists dismissed Derbyshire for 227 in their second innings, securing a comprehensive 107-run victory in the three-day match at Derby, Stuff.co.nz reports.
According to the report, Wagner, along with co-opening bowler Doug Bracewell, claimed eight wickets between them, as New Zealand declared their second innings on their overnight total of 199-5, leaving the hosts with 335 to win on the final day.
Stating that he had a good start during his opening run on tour, Wagner, who is the incumbent for the third and probably last pace bowling spot, declared his liking for the English Duke ball, adding that it is ideal to get a feel of a different ball.
The report said that Wagner was able to get noticeable reverse swing when the long-swinging ball was in an older state, a known strength of his in the right conditions.
According to Wagner, although Bracewell is a class performer at both domestic and the international levels, he, however, said that it was necessary for him to grab the available chance and secure his spot in the Test squad. (ANI)