BJ Watling, the Black Caps test wicketkeeper, has announced he will retire at the end of the tour of England.
The 35-year-old wicketkeeper batsman will finish after the two-test series against England next month and the World Test Championship final against India.
Since his 2009 test debut, Watling has been one of New Zealand best wicketkeeper batsmen. In his 73 tests, he has scored 3773 runs at an average of 38.11, including eight centuries and 19 fifties.
Only Australia’s Adam Gilchrist and England’s Matt Prior have scored more runs at a better average as their team’s designated wicketkeeper.
Watling’s 205 against England at Mt Maunganui in 2019 is his top score in tests. Facing 473 balls, he is the only NZ wicketkeeper to ever score a double-century in test cricket.
He also owns the record for most test dismissals by an NZ wicketkeeper. Watling currently has 249 catches and eight stumpings as a wicketkeeper, and another 10 catches as a fielder.