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BJ Watling      

Full name Bradley-John Watling

Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Current age 29 years 56 days

Major teams New Zealand, New Zealand Under-19s, Northern Districts

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Bradley-John Watling
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 24 41 6 1299 124 37.11 3068 42.34 3 8 139 4 76 1
ODIs 22 20 2 528 96* 29.33 767 68.83 0 5 54 3 16 0
T20Is 5 4 0 38 22 9.50 58 65.51 0 0 3 0 3 0
First-class 90 159 20 5340 164* 38.41 12303 43.40 11 32 175 3
List A 93 87 11 3114 145* 40.97 4251 73.25 7 22 67 1
Twenty20 53 47 7 859 75 21.47 814 105.52 0 2 67 13 30 3
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 24 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 22 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 90 47 39 2 2/31 2/31 19.50 4.97 23.5 0 0 0
List A 93 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 53 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier, Dec 11-15, 2009 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v New Zealand at Bridgetown, Jun 26-30, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Dambulla, Aug 13, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 23, 2013 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Nov 12, 2009 scorecard
Last T20I West Indies v New Zealand at Roseau, Jul 6, 2014 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Northern Districts v Auckland at Hamilton, Dec 6-8, 2004 scorecard
Last First-class Surrey v New Zealand A at The Oval, Aug 31-Sep 2, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Wellington v Northern Districts at Wellington, Dec 27, 2004 scorecard
Last List A Kent v New Zealand A at Canterbury, Aug 27, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Northern Districts v Wellington at Hamilton, Jan 17, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 West Indies v New Zealand at Roseau, Jul 6, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
19, 55* NZ A v Surrey The Oval 31 Aug 2014 FC
18, 4c/0s NZ A v Kent Canterbury 27 Aug 2014 LA
- NZ A v Scotland Edinburgh 21 Aug 2014 LA
2 NZ A v Scotland Edinburgh 20 Aug 2014 LA
119*, 4c/0s NZ A v Scotland Ayr 15 Aug 2014 LA
4c/0s NZ A v Eng Lions Worcester 12 Aug 2014 LA
3c/0s NZ A v Sri Lanka A Bristol 9 Aug 2014 LA
8, 1c/0s NZ A v Eng Lions Bristol 8 Aug 2014 LA
0c/0s NZ A v Sri Lanka A Taunton 5 Aug 2014 LA
1c/0s, 2 NZ A v Sri Lanka A Cardiff 2 Aug 2014 LA
Profile

A right-handed opening batsman and part-time wicketkeeper, Bradley-John Watling spent his early years in Durban, South Africa, before moving to New Zealand as a ten-year-old. He was part of the Under-19 squad for the World Cup in Bangladesh in 2003-04 before making it to the Northern Districts squad. He was the second-highest run-scorer for his state team in his third season (2006-07) with 564 runs at 37.60. He was in prime form during the one-day State Shield competition in 2008-09 with 509 runs at a stunning 63.62 and that helped him earn a place in the New Zealand one-day squad for the ODIs in the UAE against Pakistan. In 2010, after Brendon McCullum decided to keep wicket for New Zealand only in the ODIs, Watling emerged as the best long-term prospect for New Zealand in Tests, among contenders like Gareth Hopkins, Reece Young and Kruger van Wyk. Between 2009 and 2012, he played only eight Tests - the first six as a specialist batsman - before settling into the role of New Zealand's full-time wicketkeeper for the longer format in 2013. Apart from being tidy behind the stumps, Watling's batting has also been impressive. Against India in February 2014, Watling and McCullum put together a record sixth-wicket partnership of 352 in Wellington. Watling's 124 in that Test was his first century against a top-eight nation. On the tour of West Indies, Watling's battling 66 and his 99-run partnership with Mark Craig delayed a West Indies win in Port-of-Spain. His efforts prompted McCullum to state that Watling was becoming one of his favourite cricketers.
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Aug 15, 2014

BJ Watling and Grant Elliott both scored hundreds, Scotland v New Zealand A, Tour match, Ayr, August 15, 2014

BJ Watling and Grant Elliott both scored hundreds

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Aug 12, 2014

BJ Watling appeals for the catch to remove Alex Hales, England Lions v New Zealand A, Tri-series, New Road, August 12, 2014

BJ Watling appeals for the catch to remove Alex Hales

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Jun 26, 2014

BJ Watling was caught at slip for one, West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Barbados, 1st day, June 26, 2014

BJ Watling was caught at slip for one

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Country Fixtures Country Results
1st ODI: WI Women v NZ Women at Basseterre
Sep 12, 2014 (09:30 local | 13:30 GMT | 09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT)
1st Match, Qualifying Group: Northern D v Express at Raipur
Sep 13, 2014 (16:00 local | 10:30 GMT | 06:30 EDT | 05:30 CDT | 03:30 PDT)
3rd Match, Qualifying Group: Northern D v Lahore Lions at Raipur
Sep 14, 2014 (16:00 local | 10:30 GMT | 06:30 EDT | 05:30 CDT | 03:30 PDT)
2nd ODI: WI Women v NZ Women at Basseterre
Sep 14, 2014 (09:30 local | 13:30 GMT | 09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT)
6th Match, Qualifying Group: Mum Indians v Northern D at Raipur
Sep 16, 2014 (20:00 local | 14:30 GMT | 10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT)
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