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BJ Watling      

Full name Bradley-John Watling

Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Current age 31 years 193 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 48 79 13 2564 142* 38.84 5737 44.69 6 12 298 6 154 6
ODIs 27 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 129 222 28 7629 176 39.32 16971 44.95 15 44 286 8
List A 110 103 12 3451 145* 37.92 4710 73.26 7 23 88 3
Twenty20 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 48 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 27 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 129 53 39 2 2/31 2/31 19.50 4.41 26.5 0 0 0
List A 110 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 67 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier, Dec 11-15, 2009 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v Bangladesh at Wellington, Jan 12-16, 2017 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 Bangladesh at Wellington, Jan 12-16, 2017 scorecard
List A debut Wellington v Northern Districts at Wellington, Dec 27, 2004 scorecard
Last List A Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Dec 9, 2016 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Northern Districts v Wellington at Hamilton, Jan 17, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Canterbury v Northern Districts at Christchurch, Jan 2, 2017 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
3c/0s, 49, 2c/0s New Zealand v Bangladesh Wellington 12 Jan 2017 Test # 2246
37 Northern D v Canterbury Christchurch 2 Jan 2017 T20
58 Northern D v Wellington Hamilton 30 Dec 2016 T20
52* Northern D v Canterbury Mount Maunganui 29 Dec 2016 T20
53* Northern D v Auckland Mount Maunganui 27 Dec 2016 T20
35 Northern D v Central D Hamilton 23 Dec 2016 T20
9 Northern D v Otago Mount Maunganui 18 Dec 2016 T20
21 Northern D v Otago Dunedin 14 Dec 2016 T20
0c/0s, 8 New Zealand v Australia Melbourne 9 Dec 2016 ODI # 3813
0c/0s, 17 New Zealand v Australia Canberra 6 Dec 2016 ODI # 3812
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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Jan 15, 2017

BJ Watling watches the ball run away, New Zealand v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Wellington, 4th day, January 15, 2017

BJ Watling watches the ball run away

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Jan 13, 2017

BJ Watling attempts to run out Shakib Al Hasan, New Zealand v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Wellington, 2nd day, January 13, 2017

BJ Watling attempts to run out Shakib Al Hasan

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Dec 9, 2016

Travis Head scampers back to the crease even as BJ Watling prepares to take the bails off, Australia v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Melbourne, December 9, 2016

Travis Head scampers back to the crease even as BJ Watling prepares to take the bails off

© Cricket Australia

Tournament Results
Afghanistan v Kenya at Sharjah - Oct 4, 2013
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets (with 175 balls remaining)
Afghanistan v Kenya at Sharjah - Oct 2, 2013
Afghanistan won by 8 wickets (with 193 balls remaining)
U.A.E. v Namibia at Sharjah - Sep 29, 2013
U.A.E. won by 135 runs
U.A.E. v Namibia at Sharjah - Sep 27, 2013
U.A.E. won by 158 runs
Ireland v Scotland at Belfast - Sep 8, 2013
Ireland won by 7 wickets (with 102 balls remaining)
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