BJ Watling, New Zealand’s most prolific Test wicketkeeper-batsman, has declared his retirement from international cricket after June’s World Test Championship final in England.
From June 18 to 22, India and New Zealand will contest the World Test Championship final in Southampton. Watling, 35, is the most successful Test wicketkeeper in New Zealand. In 73 Tests against New Zealand, he scored 3,773 runs, including eight centuries and 15 fifties. 205 runs are the best results. In the 205-run innings against England two years ago, he became the first New Zealand wicketkeeper to achieve a double century in Test cricket.
Watling is New Zealand’s all-time leading individual run-scorer in Test cricket. He is still New Zealand’s all-time leading run-scorer in a single inning. Watling has a career-high 249 catches and eight stumpings. Watling made his Test debut in 2009 in Dubai versus Pakistan. Watling has appeared in 28 One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals.
India has named their World Test Championship team, which Virat Kohli will captain. New Zealand has not yet made a statement. India won the two-year Test Championship, though New Zealand placed second.