BJ Watling is a professional cricketer who plays for the New Zealand national cricket team. He was born in Durban, South Africa on 9 July 1985. Watling made his Test debut in December 2009 vs Pakistan. He has been keeping the wickets in tests since 2012. His ODI debut came against Sri Lanka in August 2010 as part of a triangular series that also included India. He started out as an opener but later on settled into the side as a lower middle-order batsman. With his steady and watchful approach, Watling has played several key knocks for New Zealand and rescued them from tricky situations many a time.
He is 6 feet tall (183 cms).
Watling bats right-handed. Performing consistently well over the years in the Test arena, he has 8 centuries and 19 half-centuries to his name in the format. He possesses good keeping skills and holds the record for most dismissals as a wicket-keeper for New Zealand. He appeared in just 5 T20 Internationals and has never participated in the IPL.
The 35-year-old veteran is set to retire after the World Test Championship Final which starts tomorrow, 18 June, in Southampton, England. He will be hoping to say goodbye to the game on a high. Watling was quoted as saying, “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.”
BJ is married to Jess Watling. They have two children together.
Watling’s salary is USD 8495 per Test match. He was awarded a retainer fee of USD 50000 for the 2021 season.