'I mean, why not? If he’s...' - Australia skipper Pat Cummins takes dig on Neil Wagner's reported return to New Zealand squad for second Test

Pat Cummins spoke about the possible return of the former New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner in the second Test within a few days after his retirement.

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Neil Wagner and Pat Cummins (File Photo: X)

Neil Wagner and Pat Cummins (File Photo: X)

Former star New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner attracted the eyeballs of the cricketing fraternity after he emotionally announced his retirement from international cricket. Wagner took this big decision just ahead of the first Test of the two-match home series against Australia. The highlight of his press conference was that the veteran cricketer failed to control his emotions and broke into tears while announcing his unexpected retirement.

Meanwhile, within only a few days after the star pacer’s retirement, New Zealand skipper Tim Southee has hinted at the former’s potential comeback for the hosts in the upcoming second and last Test of the series. This hint came from Kiwi skipper after Will ORoukee sustained an injury in the opening Test.

“We haven’t had a lot of discussions as yet. We’ll see how Will scrubs up. The physio hasn’t sort of put a time frame on it or how bad it is. We’ll just wait and see how will goes over the next couple of days. I’m sure there’ll be an update in the next 24 hours,” said Southee to reporters.

“It’d be good to see” – Pat Cummins on Wagner’s potential return to NZ squad

However, it also came as a chance for the Australia skipper Pat Cummins who didn’t miss to take a dig over the same. He also termed Wagner’s decision as, “World’s shortest retirement”.

“I mean, why not? If he’s your next best bowler that you think is going to perform, then go for it. I’ve faced him before. It’d be good to see. He’s high energy. It’s been good fun chatting to him each morning out here, so see how he goes,” said Cummins.

Speaking of Wagner, he has appeared in 64 Tests so far and scalped 260 wickets with an average of 37. He is the fifth all-time leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in Test Cricket, behind Richard Hadlee, current skipper Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, and Trent Boult.

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