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BJ Watling      

Full name Bradley-John Watling

Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Current age 30 years 215 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 36 61 9 1961 142* 37.71 4510 43.48 5 10 216 6 119 5
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 113 197 24 6662 164* 38.50 15047 44.27 13 40 250 7
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 36 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 22 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 113 47 39 2 2/31 2/31 19.50 4.97 23.5 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 New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Dec 18-21, 2015 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 New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Dec 18-21, 2015 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
4c/0s, 47* Northern D v Canterbury Mount Maunganui 20 Jan 2016 LA
6, 1c/0s Northern D v Otago Dunedin 17 Jan 2016 LA
1c/0s Northern D v Central D Whangarei 13 Jan 2016 LA
56 Northern D v Otago Whangarei 10 Jan 2016 LA
1c/0s, 26 Northern D v Central D New Plymouth 6 Jan 2016 LA
39, 2c/0s Northern D v Auckland Auckland 3 Jan 2016 LA
1c/0s, 21 Northern D v Auckland Hamilton 30 Dec 2015 LA
10 Northern D v Wellington Wellington 27 Dec 2015 LA
3c/0s, 28, 3c/0s, 13* New Zealand v Sri Lanka Hamilton 18 Dec 2015 Test # 2194
5, 6c/0s, 3c/0s New Zealand v Sri Lanka Dunedin 10 Dec 2015 Test # 2192
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 28, 2016

BJ Watling finds a way to pass the time on a rainy day, New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Napier, January 28, 2016

BJ Watling finds a way to pass the time on a rainy day

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Dec 21, 2015

BJ Watling struck the winning runs and gets a hug from Kane Williamson, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Hamilton, 4th day, December 21, 2015

BJ Watling struck the winning runs and gets a hug from Kane Williamson

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Dec 19, 2015

BJ Watling targets the leg side, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Hamilton, 2nd day, December 19, 2015

BJ Watling targets the leg side

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Tournament Results
Australia v England at Bridgetown - May 16, 2010
England won by 7 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Australia v Pakistan at Gros Islet - May 14, 2010
Australia won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet - May 13, 2010
England won by 7 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
West Indies v Australia at Gros Islet - May 11, 2010
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet - May 11, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
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