BJ Watling      

Full name Bradley-John Watling

Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Current age 32 years 318 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 Insights on test 54 87 13 2837 142* 38.33 6498 43.65 6 14 335 7 180 6
ODIs Insights on odi 27 25 2 573 96* 24.91 838 68.37 0 5 58 3 20 0
T20Is Insights on t20i 5 4 0 38 22 9.50 58 65.51 0 0 3 0 3 0
First-class 141 241 28 8282 176 38.88 18515 44.73 15 49 326 8
List A 118 111 12 3755 145* 37.92 5098 73.65 8 24 93 3
T20s Insights on t20 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 Insights on test 54 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs Insights on odi 27 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is Insights on t20i 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 141 53 39 2 2/31 2/31 19.50 4.41 26.5 0 0 0
List A 118 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s Insights on t20 67 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier, Dec 11-15, 2009 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Dambulla, Aug 13, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Dec 9, 2016 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 England at Christchurch, Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018 scorecard
List A debut Wellington v Northern Districts at Wellington, Dec 27, 2004 scorecard
Last List A Northern Districts v Canterbury at Whangarei, Feb 17, 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
2c/0s, 85, 3c/0s, 19 New Zealand v England Christchurch 30 Mar 2018 Test # 2301 Insights on
2c/0s, 31, 2c/0s New Zealand v England Auckland 22 Mar 2018 Test # 2299 Insights on
1c/0s, 4, 1c/0s Northern D v Canterbury Whangarei 9 Mar 2018 FC
1c/0s, 0, 5c/0s, 45 Northern D v Auckland Auckland 1 Mar 2018 FC
2c/0s, 6 Northern D v Canterbury Whangarei 17 Feb 2018 LA
40 Northern D v Otago Dunedin 7 Feb 2018 LA
51 Northern D v Canterbury Whangarei 4 Feb 2018 LA
33 Northern D v Auckland Whangarei 31 Jan 2018 LA
0 Northern D v Wellington Wellington 27 Jan 2018 LA
32 Northern D v Canterbury Christchurch 10 Dec 2017 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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Apr 3, 2018

BJ Watling was caught in the leg trap off Mark Wood, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 5th day, April 3, 2018

BJ Watling was caught in the leg trap off Mark Wood

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Apr 3, 2018

BJ Watling helped steady the innings, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 5th day, April 3, 2018

BJ Watling helped steady the innings

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Apr 1, 2018

BJ Watling lost his off stump to James Anderson, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Christchurch, 3rd day, April 1, 2018

BJ Watling lost his off stump to James Anderson

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