BJ Watling is saying goodbye to cricket after the England Tour

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BJ Watling is saying goodbye to cricket after the England Tour

New Zealand keeper-batsman BJ Watling has decided to end his career after a tour in England, as well as after the World Test Championship final in which they will play against India "It's the right time," Watling said of his announcement, as quoted by cricbuzz "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.

"Sitting in the changing rooms having a beer with the team after five days' toil is what I'll miss the most. I've played with some great players and made many good mates. I've also had plenty of help along the way for which I'll always be grateful."

"My wife Jess has been a constant source of stability and support and I'm certainly looking forward to being able to spend more time with her and the kids." "I also owe a big thanks to my mum for steering me in the right direction early on and always being there for me.

Gary Stead on Watling

Watling coach Gary Stead, had only words of praise for his player, who was one of the main players of his team. He is grateful to Watling for everything "BJ is a wonderful player and a great bloke," Stead said.

"He works really hard on his game to get improvements and always puts the team first." "You just have to look at the respect he's held in by his teammates and the opposition to appreciate his standing in the game.

"The records speak for themselves and he's been such a crucial cog in the Test team's rise over the past decade." "That double hundred he scored at the Mount in 2019 was one of the best innings I've ever seen and epitomised BJ Watling as a player, really.

"The attitude and fight he brings to every day and every session of a Test is what has made him such a valued member of the BLACKCAPS." "He is without a doubt one of our best ever wicket-keeper batsmen," he added.

Just like his coach, NZC chief executive David White praised Watling and believes he was of great importance in the success of the New Zealand team "BJ turned games around," White said. "I can't think of another player who reacted so positively, and who was successful in the face of adversity.

His ability to wring every possible run out of the tail was unmatched; his work behind the stumps tireless and efficient," "He has a quiet, unassuming and undemonstrative manner that belies the huge appetite he has for the contest and the challenge."

"BJ's been a huge part of the success of the current BLACKCAPS team and on behalf of NZC, I want to wish him well for the upcoming Tests in England and life after cricket."