New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watlin has made up his mind to say goodbye to international cricket. He will retire after touring England. He has also revealed plans. The 35-year-old cricketer said on Wednesday that even after he retires, he will be associated with cricket and would like to give coaching to the players.
Watlin made his debut in 2009 and is the most successful wicketkeeper-batsman in the Kiwi team. In such a situation, it will be difficult for the selectors to find the option. On his return from England, he plans a break with the family but has revealed that coaching is his long-term plan. He informed the New Zealand media about this.
South Africa-born Watlin has hit a record 257 for New Zealand behind wickets in a Test match, including eight stumpings. He scored 3,773 runs in 73 Tests at an average of 38.11 with eight centuries and 19 half-centuries. His highest score is 205 against England at Mount Maunganui in 2019. He denied that his career had been impacted by a long career. He said that he has decided to retire from cricket to spend more time with his young family.
The New Zealand team will play a two-Test series against England from June 2. After this, the ICC World Test Championships final will be against India from 18 June. The match will take place in Southampton. Talking about the Test against England and the WTC final against India, Watlin said, 'Although I announced it before the tour of England, my focus is on the next three Tests and the preparations for them to perform well. The tour is a challenge and we as a team know that if we want to be successful, we have to perform at our top level. '