BJ Watling      

Full name Bradley-John Watling

Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Current age 33 years 286 days

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

Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman

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 61 97 14 3096 142* 37.30 7169 43.18 6 16 354 7 209 7
ODIs 28 25 2 573 96* 24.91 838 68.37 0 5 58 3 20 0
T20Is 5 4 0 38 22 9.50 58 65.51 0 0 3 0 3 0
First-class 151 255 30 8683 176 38.59 19488 44.55 15 52 362 9
List A 122 114 12 3858 145* 37.82 5245 73.55 8 25 97 3
T20s 67 60 9 1255 75 24.60 1152 108.94 0 6 109 17 36 3
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 61 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 28 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 151 53 39 2 2/31 2/31 19.50 4.41 26.5 0 0 0
List A 122 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s 67 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier, Dec 11-15, 2009 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v Bangladesh at Wellington, Mar 8-12, 2019 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Dambulla, Aug 13, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Nov 11, 2018 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 New Zealand v Bangladesh at Wellington, Mar 8-12, 2019 scorecard
List A debut Wellington v Northern Districts at Wellington, Dec 27, 2004 scorecard
Last List A New Zealand v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Nov 11, 2018 scorecard
T20s debut Northern Districts v Wellington at Hamilton, Jan 17, 2008 scorecard
Last T20s Canterbury v Northern Districts at Christchurch, Jan 2, 2017 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
3c/0s, 8, 1c/0s New Zealand v Bangladesh Wellington 8 Mar 2019 Test # 2350
3c/0s, 31, 2c/0s New Zealand v Bangladesh Hamilton 28 Feb 2019 Test # 2349
0c/0s, 1c/0s, 77 Northern D v Wellington Wellington 21 Feb 2019 FC
46, 2c/0s, 3c/0s New Zealand v Sri Lanka Christchurch 26 Dec 2018 Test # 2336
5c/0s, 0, 0c/0s New Zealand v Sri Lanka Wellington 15 Dec 2018 Test # 2335
77*, 1c/0s, 0, 3c/0s New Zealand v Pakistan Abu Dhabi 3 Dec 2018 Test # 2332
1c/0s, 1, 27 New Zealand v Pakistan Dubai (DSC) 24 Nov 2018 Test # 2330
10, 3c/1s, 59, 2c/0s New Zealand v Pakistan Abu Dhabi 16 Nov 2018 Test # 2327
- New Zealand v Pakistan Dubai (DSC) 11 Nov 2018 ODI # 4070
2c/0s, 18, 0c/0s, 47* NZ A v Pakistan A ICCA Dubai 30 Oct 2018 FC
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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New Zealand's slip cordon waits for a chance, New Zealand v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Wellington, 3rd day, March 10, 2019

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Mar 2, 2019

BJ Watling appeals for a caught-behind, New Zealand v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Hamilton, 3rd day, March 2, 2019

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