New Zealand wicket keeper batsman BJ Watling, who has been involved in some memorable partnerships in Test cricket, has been one of the best wicket keeper batsman in recent times. Being a loyal servant of New Zealand cricket, Watling scored 3773 runs 73 Tests at an average of 38.11. He also scored eight magnificent centuries along with 13 fifties.
BJ Watling will now feature in the two Tests against England before playing the inaugural World Test Championship Final against India in Southampton. The WTC Final will be his last Test match for New Zealand and he will hang his boots after that. Speaking about the reason behind an early retirement, Watling said that his family is one of the significant factors behind the decision.
Watling reveals the reason behind early retirement
“I know the standards required to keep going at this game and the level and to be honest it’s tougher now with a little family at home. Things are busy. Actually no, the body feels surprisingly good. A few years ago I would have said my body is going to play up and that will be it, but actually, I’m feeling quite fresh in the body. I think there’s a few other factors and spending some time at home will be the main thing,” Watling told Stuff.co.nz.
Watling’s highest Test score came against England in 2019 when he recorded a 261-run partnership with Mitchell Santner. In that innings, the 35-year-old scored 205.
“I remember the partnership with Mitchell Santner. It was his maiden century and a fantastic innings. We dug deep to get a bit of a total and give ourselves a chance of winning that Test match. I think we were a bowler down as well, and to do it on the final day – I’m not sure how many overs were left, but there weren’t too many left and Wags [Neil Wagner] stepped up to the plate and did a fantastic job. So it was a special win,” he told ESPN Cricinfo.