BJ Watling      

Full name Bradley-John Watling

Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Current age 31 years 82 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 43 71 10 2361 142* 38.70 5239 45.06 6 12 271 6 137 6
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 124 214 25 7426 176 39.29 16473 45.07 15 44 269 8
List A 105 98 12 3406 145* 39.60 4639 73.42 7 23 84 3
Twenty20 60 53 7 990 75 21.52 919 107.72 0 3 82 16 35 3
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 43 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 22 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 124 53 39 2 2/31 2/31 19.50 4.41 26.5 0 0 0
List A 105 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 60 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier, Dec 11-15, 2009 scorecard
Last Test India v New Zealand at Kanpur, Sep 22-26, 2016 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 India v New Zealand at Kanpur, Sep 22-26, 2016 scorecard
List A debut Wellington v Northern Districts at Wellington, Dec 27, 2004 scorecard
Last List A Northern Districts v Canterbury at Mount Maunganui, Jan 20, 2016 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Northern Districts v Wellington at Hamilton, Jan 17, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Barbados Tridents v Northern Districts at Bangalore, Sep 30, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
3c/0s, 21, 0c/0s, 18 New Zealand v India Kanpur 22 Sep 2016 Test # 2221
21, 1c/1s, 43 N Zealanders v Mumbai Delhi 16 Sep 2016 Other
2c/0s, 8, 1c/0s, 32 New Zealand v South Africa Centurion 27 Aug 2016 Test # 2220
3c/0s New Zealand v South Africa Durban 19 Aug 2016 Test # 2219
83*, 0c/0s, 1c/0s New Zealand v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 6 Aug 2016 Test # 2214
1c/1s, 107, 2c/0s New Zealand v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 28 Jul 2016 Test # 2210
61, 1c/0s, 0c/0s N Zealanders v Zimbabwe A Harare 22 Jul 2016 Other
176 Northern D v Otago Whangarei 30 Mar 2016 FC
0, 4, 0/0 Northern D v Canterbury Christchurch 23 Mar 2016 FC
0, 31 Northern D v Central D Hamilton 15 Mar 2016 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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Sep 29, 2016

BJ Watling does shadow practice while training, Kolkata, September 29, 2016

BJ Watling does shadow practice while training

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Sep 25, 2016

New Zealand players belt out an unsuccessful appeal, India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, 4th day, September 25, 2016

New Zealand players belt out an unsuccessful appeal

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Sep 17, 2016

Rohit Sharma was stumped by BJ Watling for 18, Mumbai v New Zealanders, tour match, 2nd day, Delhi, September 17, 2016

Rohit Sharma was stumped by BJ Watling for 18

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Tournament Results
India v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain - Jul 11, 2013
India won by 1 wicket (with 2 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain - Jul 9, 2013
India won by 81 runs (D/L method)
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain - Jul 7-8, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 39 runs (D/L method)
West Indies v India at Port of Spain - Jul 5, 2013
India won by 102 runs (D/L method)
India v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Jul 2, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 161 runs
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