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  • World record holder Neil Wagner will arrive at Headingley for a 10-game stint in the 2023 LV= Insurance County Championship boasting an impressive career CV which includes a Division One title.

    In 2017, the New Zealand left-arm quick played the same number of fixtures for Essex when they were crowned county champions, him taking 31 wickets.

    That haul included four in a heavy win over Yorkshire at Chelmsford, preceded by Essex lifting the title.

    Wagner, an aggressive bowler who likes to use the short ball, was also part of the New Zealand side which won the World Test Championship final against India at Southampton in June 2021. He claimed three wickets in the match.

    Pretorian-born, Wagner played for the South African Academy and even undertook 12th man duties for the full Test team before opting to move to New Zealand in 2008 for greater opportunity.

    He made his Test debut for the Kiwis in July 2012. He struck once with the ball and batted at five in both innings of a defeat at North Sound.

    Wagner has only played Test Cricket for New Zealand.

    At time of writing, he was sat on 246 wickets from 59 appearances, with a best of 7-39 in the first innings of a big win over the West Indies at Wellington in December 2017.

    In April 2011, whilst playing for Otago against Wellington in New Zealand’s Plunket Shield, Wagner claimed a world-record equalling five wickets in an over.

    He struck with the first four balls of an over and then with the last to join a select group of bowlers who had done the same; Bill Copson (Derbyshire v Warwickshire, 1937), William Henderson (Northern Transvaal v Orange Free State 1938), Pat Pocock (Surrey v Sussex, 1972) and Yasir Arafat (Rawalpindi v Faisalabad 2004).

    Wagner claimed six wickets in seven appearances as Otago won New Zealand’s Super Smash T20 competition in early 2009.

    The Volts won the same competition again in 2012/13, with the fast bowler again taking six wickets – but in only two appearances due to his international involvement.

    Yorkshire will represent Wagner’s fourth English county having previously represented Northamptonshire (2014), Lancashire (2016) and Essex (2017-2018).

    He has taken 82 wickets in 27 appearances. All being well, he will break the 100-wicket mark in the Championship during the first half of his stay at Headingley.

    He has taken either five or six wickets in an innings on four occasions.

    That Wagner batted at five in both innings on Test debut indicates his capabilities with the willow, though he has since slipped down the order.

    In his 195 first-class appearances, which have yielded 795 wickets at time of writing, he has scored 3,363 with nine half-centuries.