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BJ Watling      

Full name Bradley-John Watling

Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Current age 29 years 139 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 26 45 6 1391 124 35.66 3328 41.79 3 8 148 4 80 2
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 93 165 20 5508 164* 37.98 12746 43.21 11 32 181 4
List A 93 87 11 3114 145* 40.97 4251 73.25 7 22 67 1
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 26 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 22 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 93 47 39 2 2/31 2/31 19.50 4.97 23.5 0 0 0
List A 93 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 60 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier, Dec 11-15, 2009 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Nov 17-21, 2014 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 Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Nov 17-21, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Wellington v Northern Districts at Wellington, Dec 27, 2004 scorecard
Last List A Kent v New Zealand A at Canterbury, Aug 27, 2014 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
39, 2c/1s, 11, 2c/0s New Zealand v Pakistan Dubai (DSC) 17 Nov 2014 Test # 2146
0c/0s, 42, 0c/0s, 0 New Zealand v Pakistan Abu Dhabi 9 Nov 2014 Test # 2144
2c/0s, 37*, 0c/0s N Zealanders v Pakistan A Sharjah 3 Nov 2014 Other
31, 2c/0s, 45, 0c/0s Northern D v Auckland Whangarei 23 Oct 2014 FC
29, 0c/0s Northern D v Tridents Bangalore 30 Sep 2014 T20
0c/0s, 8 Northern D v Kings XI Mohali 26 Sep 2014 T20
0c/0s, 9 Northern D v Hurricanes Raipur 23 Sep 2014 T20
32, 0c/0s Northern D v Cape Cobras Raipur 19 Sep 2014 T20
2c/0s, 0 Northern D v Mum Indians Raipur 16 Sep 2014 T20
53, 2c/0s Northern D v Lahore Lions Raipur 14 Sep 2014 T20
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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Nov 21, 2014

New Zealand get together after Trent Boult had Misbah-ul-Haq out for a duck, Pakistan v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Dubai, 5th day, November 21, 2014

New Zealand get together after Trent Boult had Misbah-ul-Haq out for a duck

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Nov 18, 2014

BJ Watling dabs the ball late, Pakistan v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day, November 18, 2014

BJ Watling dabs the ball late

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Nov 18, 2014

BJ Watling plays the cut, Pakistan v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day, November 18, 2014

BJ Watling plays the cut

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Tournament Results
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lord's - Jun 21, 2009
Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v West Indies at The Oval - Jun 19, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 57 runs
Pakistan v South Africa at Nottingham - Jun 18, 2009
Pakistan won by 7 runs
India v South Africa at Nottingham - Jun 16, 2009
South Africa won by 12 runs
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Nottingham - Jun 16, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 48 runs
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