Monday 10 February 2014 

Video - McCullum Praises 'Standout' Wagner

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum praised the efforts of 'standout' bowler Neil Wagner after his four wickets helped them beat India by 40 runs in the first Test at Eden Park, Auckland.

Wagner's brace of wickets late on to remove MS Dhoni and Zaheer Khan put New Zealand on course for victory after he had earlier dismissed set batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

India were then bowled out for 366 having been asked to chase 407 to win.

McCullum said that Wagners effort and performance 'epitomised' the way the team wants to play and develop a reputation for.

"I thought it was a gripping Test match and whilst we didn't ram home the advantage we had in the second innings with the bat, I thought we showed a lot of heart, a lot of character and today to continue to bash away and keep fighting hard and obviously get the result in the end," he said.

"Immensely proud of all the boys, Neil Wagner in particular was the standout for me today. I thought he epitomised everything we want to be known for as a team and he did it in a clutch moment as well.

"So delighted for him and delighted for all the guys."

After scoring 224 to set up New Zealand's first innings, McCullum had said that he would only consider it to be his best innings if the Black Caps were to go on and win the Test.

After they delivered a victory on the fourth day, he was happy to confirm that his second double-century against India would now rank as his best.

"Yeah it's definitely the best innings I think I've played for New Zealand now that we've gone on and won the Test match and what a win it was as well," he added.

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