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Wagner rocks Zimbabwe in first Test, New Zealand 32-0 in reply

AFPAFP 28/07/2016
Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza (R) runs past New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner during the first day of the first Test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo July 28, 2016 © Provided by AFP Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza (R) runs past New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner during the first day of the first Test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo July 28, 2016

Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner's raw pace and aggression proved too much for an out-of-touch Zimbabwean batting lineup as New Zealand stamped their authority on the first Test on the opening day at Queens Sports Club on Thursday.

On a surface offering little to the bowlers, Wagner bent his back and used the short ball to good effect to take career-best figures of 6 for 41, bowling Zimbabwe out for just 164 after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Zimbabwe had not played a Test since November 2014, and the hiatus showed in their inability to occupy the crease on a pitch that held no demons.

New Zealand closed the day on 32 without loss, with Tom Latham on 16 and Martin Guptill on 14.

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