Watling to retire after World Test Championship final

Wicket-keeper BJ Watling has announced he will hang up the gloves at the end of New Zealand’s tour of England.

Watling has been capped 73 times in Test cricket to date and played the last of his 28 ODIs in 2018.

Debuting for New Zealand as an old school opener in 2009, Watling went on to become one of the finest wicket-keepers in the game, wearing the gloves in 65 matches.

If he plays both Tests against England and the ICC World Test Championship final in June he will become New Zealand’s most-capped Test wicket-keeper of all time, breaking Adam Parore’s 67-match record.

Watling already has a host of Test records to his name for New Zealand. His 257 dismissals for the country are the most completed by a Black Caps keeper, 56 more than second-placed Parore. He has Brendon McCullum covered for the most runs by a New Zealand Test keeper, with 3381 to the former captain’s 2803. He also boasts the most Test tons by a New Zealand keeper (seven) and the highest individual score (205).

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