Kiwis wicket-keeping batsman BJ Watling has officially announced that he will retire after the upcoming tour of England. New Zealand is all set to play two tests against England and right after that, they will play the inaugural WTC Finals against Team India. Stay with us to know more about BJ Watling Retirement
Watling has released an official statement stating – “It’s the right time and It’s been a huge honor 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.
If Walting features in both tests against England, then he will surpass the record of Adam Parore’s with most test appearances as New Zealand wicket-keeper.
He even added – “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.”
And talking about his strengths, he said – “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”.
The 35-year-old Watling is at the last moments of his successful international career, he was a part of many successful matches and currently holds a record of 249 catches which includes 10 as a fielder and 8 stumpings on his name.
As a batsman there were few notable knocks in his career, the best one was against England where he has made a double century at the Bay Oval in 2019.
New Zealand Cricket Cheif David White has also praised his batting ability and said – ” BJ turned games around, I can’t think of another player who reacted so positively, and who was successful in the face of adversity. His ability to wring every possible run out of the tail was unmatched, his work behind the stumps tireless and efficient,”
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