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BJ Watling
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BJ Watling

New Zealand|wicketkeeper batter
BJ Watling

INTL CAREER: 2009 - 2021

Full Name

Bradley-John Watling

Born

July 09, 1985, Durban, South Africa

Age

35y 281d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batter

TEAMS

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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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test7311415377320538.11885442.6181942782598
ODI2825257396*24.9183868.3705583200
T20I54038229.505865.51003030
FC176294351001720538.672256844.38185944210
List A133125144181145*37.66566873.768281073
T206760912557524.601152108.940610917363
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test73------------
ODI28------------
T20I5------------
FC176594022/312/3120.004.0629.50000
List A133000-----000
T2067------------
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLWKDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Northern Dis vs Otago0 & 4----03-Apr-2021DunedinFC
Northern Dis vs Wellington8*----27-Mar-2021WellingtonFC
Northern Dis vs Wellington23 & 110/1--18-Mar-2021Mount MaunganuiFC
Northern Dis vs Auckland37----11-Mar-2021WhangareiFC
Northern Dis vs Canterbury31--0c/0s06-Mar-2021ChristchurchList A

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Photos


BJ Watling fields the ball
BJ Watling attempts a sweep shot
BJ Watling drives one towards point
New Zealand with their spoils after the 2-0 win over India
Kyle Jamieson joins his team-mates for the national anthem before his maiden Test
BJ Watling appeals for an lbw against Joe Burns