Blackcaps v West Indies: Neil Wagner prepares for milestone test, reflects on remarkable rise

An emotional Neil Wagner has admitted to an extra sense of anticipation, as he prepares to play his 50th test match this weekend.

The left-armer has become a regular fixture in the Blackcaps since his debut in 2012 and has now amassed more than 200 wickets.

"I'm getting goosebumps at the moment, just when you mention it," Wagner says.

The 34-year-old is one of only seven New Zealanders to secure more than 200 test wickets and earlier this week, he rose to No.2 in the world test bowling rankings.

"I think it's a reflection of having some form in recent times and contributing to getting some performances in," he adds.

And having the opportunity to bring up his milestone in front of friends and family in Wellington in the second test against West Indies will make this week more special than most.

"It's quite emotional," he admits. "All the sacrifices and everything you've done to play 50 tests means a lot.

"I'd never thought I'd get there ever in my life."

But West Indies are out to spoil Wagner's party.

The tourists were poor in the first test in Hamilton, giving away cheap wickets, but they're not shying away from how much they need to improve.

"This is test cricket," says West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick. "This is one of the better teams in the world and you've got to be prepared to do those things. 

"If you're not, then go and play T20 cricket."

Taking inspiration from Wagner could be the key to turning it around.

"We've got to be prepared to fight. We just can't roll over and say New Zealand is a good side and we are not going to fight."

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