Neil Wagner took his best ever Test-best figures of 7-39 in tearing through the West Indies' batting line-up to help dismiss the tourists for 134 in their first innings on day one of their first test match. At tea on the first day in Wellington, in reply, New Zealand were 0-9, with Jeet Raval on 3 and Tom Latham on 6.
Bowling from the southern end as the second change on Friday, Neil was twice on a hat-trick on a green Basin Reserve deck as he prepared the batsmen with his regular short balls. His figures exceeded his previous best of 6-41 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo last year.
The West Indies had no answer to Neil who came to the fore despite the pre-match talks being about swing bowler Trent Boult and the possible debut of Lockie Ferguson.
Neil Wagner Takes Seven Wickets from West Indies on Day One of First Test Match
Neil took two wickets before lunch when the West Indies were 3-79 and he was quickly back in action after the break with another four.
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Shai Hope lasted three balls before he gloved a legside delivery giving wicketkeeper Tom Blundell his first catch in the Test series.
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