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Neil Wagner calls time on New Zealand Test career ahead of series against Australia

Neil Wagner will call time on his New Zealand career at the end of their Test series against Australia – although the left-arm seamer is unlikely to feature.

The 37-year-old was not selected in New Zealand's XI for their first Test against Australia starting on Thursday and is set to be released from the squad ahead of the second and last match in Christchurch.

Wagner has taken 264 wickets in 64 Tests at an average of 27.57 and, 12 months ago, secured a famous one-run victory for the Kiwis over England in Wellington by dismissing last man James Anderson to square the series.

"It's been an emotional week," said Wagner, who was part of the Black Caps side that won the inaugural World Test Championship in 2021.

"It's not easy to step away from something you've given so much to and got so much out of, but it's now time for others to step up and take this team forward.

"I'm looking forward to one final week in camp and will be doing everything I can to help prepare and support the boys."

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