New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling announced that he would be retiring from all forms of cricket after the upcoming tour of England. This means that form and fitness permitting, the 35-year-old has three more matches to play in his career. The two-match Test series against Joe Root’s England is set to be played at the Lord’s and Edgbaston respectively.
Thereafter, the Black Caps would be turning up for the final of the World Test Championship against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton from June 18. Calling it a ‘huge honour’, Watling expressed gratitude for representing his country at the highest level.
“It’s the right time. It’s been a huge honour to represent New Zealand and in particular, wear the Test baggy. Test cricket really is the pinnacle of the game and I’ve loved every minute of being out there in the whites with the boys,” an NZC release quoted Watling as saying.
“Sitting in the changing rooms having a beer with the team after five days’ toil is what I’ll miss the most. I’ve played with some great players and made many good mates. I’ve also had plenty of help along the way for which I’ll always be grateful,” he stated.
My wife Jess has been a constant source of stability: BJ Watling
Watling made his Test debut way back in 2009 and his career lasted nearly 12 years. In 73 Tests thus far, he has notched 3773 runs at an average of 38.11 with eight tons and 19 half-centuries to show for his efforts. With three matches remaining, he might end up crossing the 4000-run mark as well.
Back in 2019, his top score of 205 came against England at the Bae Oval in Mount Maunganui. In first-class cricket, Watling already has above 10,000 runs. Though he played 28 ODIs and five T20Is, his limited-overs career for the Kiwis could never flourish.
“My wife Jess has been a constant source of stability and support and I’m certainly looking forward to being able to spend more time with her and the kids. I also owe a big thanks to my mum for steering me in the right direction early on and always being there for me,” Watling added.
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