Watling Eyes WC Spot

Watling Eyes WC Spot

BJ Watling says he is hoping to take his rare ODI chance and earn a place in New Zealand’s 2019 World Cup squad. Watling is the first-choice wicket-keeper for his country in Test cricket, having played in 54 matches, but his chances in the limited-overs format have been few and far between.

The 33-year-old, who was born in South Africa, has only played 27 ODI’s and has not played a 50-over game in nearly two years, his last appearance coming against Australia in December 2016.

But, having been named in the Black Caps’ squad for the three-match series against Pakistan, Watling is now eyeing a spot in his country’s side for the 2019 World Cup, which will be played at venues in England and Wales.

He told the Dominion Post: “It would be awesome. It’s definitely always been a goal to play in a World Cup. But it is a wee way off and there’s a lot of work to be done before that. So I know that it’s going to take a good summer of cricket from me.

“I would like to put my hand up for batting in the middle, mainly, and if the opportunity comes to keep then that’s great, otherwise I’ll still look to run around in the field and offer a lot in that department.”