Neil Wagner: Essex sign New Zealand and ex-Lancashire fast bowler

Neil Wagner
Neil Wagner played for New Zealand in the second Test against Pakistan last month

Essex have signed New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner for the first half of the 2017 County Championship season and One-Day Cup.

The 30-year-old has played 27 Tests for the Black Caps and had a spell with Lancashire this summer.

He took 32 Championship wickets for the Red Rose, including 6-66 on his debut against Nottinghamshire.

He will be replaced by Pakistan's Mohammad Amir at newly-promoted Essex midway through next summer.

Wagner also equalled a world record by taking five wickets in a six-ball first-class over, for Otago against Wellington in 2011.

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