Bradley-John Watling Biography
Bradley-John Watling is a South-African born New Zealand cricketer born on 9 July 1985. Famously known as BJ Watling, he is a right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper for the New Zealand team.
He excelled in cricket since his school days and was a key player for the national Test team.
Watling’s family moved to New Zealand from Durban when he was a 10-year-old kid. Cricket had always fascinated him and he was privileged enough to receive coaching from the former Test cricketer Chris Kuggeleijn at school.
Watling flourished at Hamilton Boys' High School. During his school days, Watling clinched the Gillette Cup two times and he made it to the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2004. He scored 268 runs from six games, including a half-century and a century.
Watling was given an opportunity to make his first-class debut for Northern Districts in the year 2004 as a wicket-keeper. He opened the batting for the team too.
Walting played his maiden Test in December 2009. He made his debut against Pakistan, scoring 18 and 60 in the two innings respectively.
In his debut T20 international against Pakistan, Watling made 22 runs off 36 balls, as the Kiwis suffered a loss of 49 runs.
His ODI debut came in August 2010 against Sri Lanka, where he scored 55, opening the batting in an eventual loss for the Kiwis.
Rise to Glory
In May 2012, when the Kiwis were playing a Test match against Zimbabwe in McLean Park, Napier, Walting scored his maiden century in international cricket as the Kiwis won the match by an innings.
Watling scored unbeaten 142 runs against Sri Lanka in a test at Wellington in 2015, giving the hosts an exuberant win.
Watling has also been a part in three of the six highest 200+ run 6th-wicket partnerships in the team's history.
The most notable of those partnerships as Watling joined hands with skipper Brendon McCullum to wade New Zealand out of troubled waters, in a game in which McCullum ended up with a triple-hundred.
Watling’s form dipped, starting from the tour to India in 2016, and he lost his spot as the wicketkeeper to Tom Blundell. Watling hasn’t played a Test since the 2017 home series against South Africa.