Neil Wagner joins Essex for final three rounds of County Championship

Neil Wagner picked 23 wickets from seven games at the start of the season
Neil Wagner picked 23 wickets from seven games at the start of the season

Essex's chances of winning the County Championship Division One title has taken a shot in the arm after New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner has rejoined the squad for the final three rounds.

The 31-year-old had a productive first half with Essex where he picked 23 wickets from seven games. He will now replace Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir in the squad as he is set to leave to Pakistan for international duty and is also expecting the arrival of his first child.

Essex head coach Chris Silverwood is delighted with Wagner re-joining squad and believes the decision to bring him back was a straightforward decision considering the departure of Amir.

"Mohammad has made a real impact across all forms of the game since arriving at the Club and has shown his world-class ability to all Essex fans.

“Following the well documented guidance from the PCB on Mohammad’s availability and the expected arrival of his first child, we have decided to re-sign Neil.

“He will come straight back into the team and make an equally positive impact to the side after his successful spell with us earlier on in the season.

"He was keen to return and it is a no-brainer to get another international quality bowler into the squad for the climax of the Division One season."

Meanwhile, Wagner is looking forward for his second stint with the Chelmsford unit.

"I loved every minute of my spell with Essex earlier on in the season," he said.

"Everyone at the club made me feel welcome and we had some very good results as a side.

"I am now looking forward to linking back up with the squad and seeing what we can all achieve together during the conclusion of the season."

Essex, who are currently at the top of the Division One table have a lead of 112 runs with seven wickets in hand at stumps on day two of the ongoing game against Somerset.

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