New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has announced that he will retire after the World Test Championship final against India. Watling said he took the decision in order to spend more time with his family

Watling has been one of the most successful wicketkeepers to have played for New Zealand. He has played 73 Tests, 28 ODIs, and 5 T20Is for the country. 

   

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling to retire after World Test Championship final on England tour

WHAT?

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has announced he would be retiring from international cricket after the three Tests, including the World Test Championship final against India, on their upcoming England tour.

WHY?

Watling said he took the decision in order to spend more time with his family. 

WHO?

Watling, 35, has played 73 Tests, 28 ODIs and 5 T20Is for the BlackCaps.

BJ Watling has been one of the pillars of the current New Zealand side led by Kane Williamson. The 35-year-old played an integral role in their rise to the top, scoring 3773 runs, including 8 hundred, in 73 Tests.

Watling became just the 9th wicketkeeper to hit a double hundred and the first to hit a double against England when he did so in Bay Oval in 2019.