Neil Wagner despite the injury played the match and helped his team



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Neil Wagner despite the injury played the match and helped his team

Neil Wagner has shown his courage many times, including this time. Although he had a broken toe and little chance of playing the match he chose to play under a pain killer injection. In that way, he endured the match until the end and helped his team "I wouldn't want to be sitting on the side with my foot up, watching the boys do the hard work while I can't be there to help out.

I'd have a bit of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)" Wagner said after the day's play, as quoted by cricbuzz "I know how bloody hard I had to work to get where I am now, so I'm sure as hell not going to sit on the side and watch other people do it.

I want to be part of it and play my part, and unless they carry me off on a stretcher, I'm going to do everything I can." This match reminded Wagner of a match against India in Kolkata when it was not at all easy to play.

However, he did not give up on appearing at the match "I went back to the change-room and said it was probably one of my toughest days of Test cricket I've ever experienced. Took me back to Kolkata against India, probably one of the toughest matches I've played."

"It was pretty hot and dealing with the heat, humidity, and going off and changing your clothes after every four-over spell... I went through four sets and was just completely knackered off the exhaustion of the Indian heat.

Today was right up there. It was pretty tough." "It just wouldn't be fair and it wouldn't be right - injuries happen and it's unlucky, but I can still walk and I can still run. It's sore, but it's just one of those things you've got to deal with.

"Test matches don't come easy and playing for your country is never anything you can take for granted. I still felt that I didn't want to let my team-mates down and I just wanted to find a way of contributing to the team."

Match against India

This match reminded Wagner of a match against India in Kolkata when it was not at all easy to play. However, he did not give up on appearing at the match "I've bowled - I don't even know how many overs - didn't want to count them and think too much about it," he said.

"So I'm pretty confident I can bowl again. It's going to be damn sore, no doubt about it, but bowling is always... I've never bowled in a game where something doesn't hurt, so it's sort of part of it.

"It's a different pain but I've just got to find a way of still being able to contribute to the team. There's still a role to play out there and we still have to come back to get ten wickets again and try and win a Test match.

So whichever way I can play a role, still going to have to try and do it. "We'll sum it after each day and hopefully it gets better and hopefully we can do the job and get a couple of day's rest for the foot, but we'll see how it goes and fingers crossed it will be alright."