However Neil Wagner is a South African recruit to the New Zealand cause which has been stuttering of late. His first day as a Test bowler was not as successful as he might have hoped. He started the day at the crease for he had been sent in the previous evening as night watchman; he did not survive for long before being caught at slip off Sunil Narine for 4. Then as the West Indies innings gained momentum, his first 5 overs in Test cricket went for 35 as Chris Gayle, on his return to Test cricket, took a liking to him. The next day was not all that great either as the West Indies openers piled on the runs. On the third day, Wagner got his first Test wicket getting Kieran Powell to chase a wide won - the previous 3 balls in the over had each gone for 4.
His treatment in Antigua was so different from his astonishing bowling spell for Otago against Wellington in 2010 when he took 5 wickets in a single over. While other bowlers in First Class Cricket have taken 5 wickets in 6 balls, Wagner appears to be the only bowler to have done this in one over. Now that was truly a Wagnerian achievement.
It was not until 1843 that he met with some success in the theatre when The Flying Dutchman was presented for the first time in Dresden. It is said that he took the inspiration for this work from a stormy sea passage to London in 1839 to where he was fleeing from creditors.
Scottish Opera will be presenting this great work in the autumn. Be there.
In the meantime - try the overture to Neil Wagner's next bowling spell played on this link by the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera in NY conducted by James Levine.