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Anderson impressed with Wagner after debut

Anderson impressed with Wagner after debut

James Anderson praised fellow fast bowler Neil Wagner after a stunning debut performance for the Red Rose.

The New Zealand international took match figures of 11/111 and became the first Lancashire player to take 11 wickets on debut since 1905!

“I thought Neil Wagner was fantastic again, to take 11-for on his debut is something pretty special. He should be really proud of that.

“It couldn’t have gone any better for him. He is a fantastic guy, he loves playing, he wants to do well for the team and has so much energy on the field. He never turns down the opportunity to have a bowl. He will be great for Crofty all year if he keeps going.

“He may lose a few inches in height if he keeps bowling on these wickets, but he has a fantastic attitude and is someone we are lucky to have in our dressing room.

“We want to get off to a good start and we have had three fantastic days to get us in a position to win the game, but we have to bat well to get over the line.

“We bowled really well, the fielders were brilliant too, throwing themselves around trying to save every run, knowing how crucial it was.

“It has been a real test for us. The pitch is as good as a Test pitch, there hasn't been a huge amount there for the seam bowlers, so if you get in on it you can score runs on it.

“We knew we had to work hard for our wickets today, but we stuck at it and we got the rewards. It was a real battle.”

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