BJ Watling      

Full name Bradley-John Watling

Born July 9, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Current age 35 years 200 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 73 114 15 3773 205 38.11 8854 42.61 8 19 427 8 259 8
ODIs 28 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 172 288 34 9934 205 39.11 22380 44.38 18 59 440 10
List A 127 119 13 4005 145* 37.78 5442 73.59 8 27 101 3
T20s 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 73 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 28 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 172 53 39 2 2/31 2/31 19.50 4.41 26.5 0 0 0
List A 127 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s 67 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier, Dec 11-15, 2009 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Jan 3-6, 2021 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Dambulla, Aug 13, 2010 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Nov 11, 2018 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 Christchurch, Jan 3-6, 2021 scorecard
List A debut Wellington v Northern Districts at Wellington, Dec 27, 2004 scorecard
Last List A Northern Districts v Auckland at Whangarei, Nov 29, 2020 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, 7, 4c/0s New Zealand v Pakistan Christchurch 3 Jan 2021 Test # 2400
73, 4c/0s, 5, 4c/0s New Zealand v Pakistan Mount Maunganui 26 Dec 2020 Test # 2397
30, 2c/0s, 2c/0s New Zealand v West Indies Wellington 11 Dec 2020 Test # 2395
2c/0s, 23* Northern Dis v Auckland Whangarei 29 Nov 2020 LA
77, 2c/0s, 62*, 1c/0s Northern Dis v Central D Nelson 14 Nov 2020 FC
0c/0s, 23, 0 Northern Dis v Canterbury Rangiora 5 Nov 2020 FC
25, 4c/0s, 15, 2c/0s Northern Dis v Otago Mount Maunganui 28 Oct 2020 FC
62, 4c/0s, 71*, 2c/0s Northern Dis v Canterbury Hamilton 10 Mar 2020 FC
3c/0s, 0, 2c/0s New Zealand v India Christchurch 29 Feb 2020 Test # 2387
4c/0s, 14, 3c/0s New Zealand v India Wellington 21 Feb 2020 Test # 2385
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 3, 2021

BJ Watling fields the ball, New Zealand vs Pakistan, Christchurch, 1st day, 2nd Test, January 3, 2020

BJ Watling fields the ball

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Dec 27, 2020

BJ Watling attempts a sweep shot, New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Bay Oval, Day 2, December 27 2020

BJ Watling attempts a sweep shot

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Dec 27, 2020

BJ Watling drives one towards point, New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Mount Maunganui, 2nd day, December 27, 2020

BJ Watling drives one towards point

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