Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saggers' Wicket Is the Only Success

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saggers' Wicket Is the Only Success

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Byline: By Richard Gibson

Martin Saggers struck England's solitary blow on a gloomy opening day of the Headingley Test ( and admitted he feared a one-cap wonder label.

The 32-year-old former Durham pace bowler was called up for the second match of the npower series against New Zealand after young duo James Anderson and Simon Jones pulled out of the squad with injury.

A similar spate of problems last autumn when Anderson, Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison were all sidelined allowed Saggers to debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong, where he claimed three wickets as well as a spectacular catch and a run-out.

He added to his tally of dismissals at the top level with his first delivery in international cricket in this country when he swung the ball through the defences of Mark Richardson, England's major irritant during the Lord's Test victory in remaining at the crease for 13-and-a-half hours.

Kent seamer Saggers said: "I did not want to be a one-Test wonder, I certainly want to get into double figures if not further, I always have big ambitions to play as much as I can.

"I found out I was playing here late last night when we had the team meeting. There were nerves out there but I had time to settle in while Matthew Hoggard was bowling."

Saggers was brought into the attack an hour after a rain-ravaged day's play began at 1.10pm and found immediate success before further showers halted proceedings a matter of minutes later.

"I just wanted to make sure it was a ball he could play and fortunately for me it was in the right place," he added. "Headingley is renowned for being more of a bowler's wicket than a batter's, especially when there is a bit of cloud cover ( and that was proved today."

New Zealand reached 41 for one by the close, from 19 overs, during which Michael Papps was dropped twice. …

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