Christchurch: New Zealand quick bowler Neil Wagner defended his use of the bouncer yesterday but admitted to feeling "shaky" when he felled Steve Smith with a blow to the head in the second Test in Christchurch.
New Zealand's Neil Wagner. Pic/AFP
Century-maker Smith collapsed and lay prone on the ground for several seconds before staggering to his feet.
"It's not nice is it. It's bit of a shaky feeling," Wagner said when questioned about how he felt when Smith went down.
"It's never one's intention to hit someone in the head and see him go down like that.
"I ran up straight to him and he flashed his eyes a little bit and I was a bit worried at the start and he said he's fine and he took a bit of time."