Cricket World Player of the Week - BJ Watling

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With his match-winning 205-run knock against England, Watling became the first New Zealand wicketkeeper and 9th worldwide to score a Test double century.

Who do you reckon is the best Test wicketkeeper-batsman going around in international circuit at the moment? Quinton de Kock? Jonny Bairstow? Jos Buttler?

There is not much quality in this department currently, when you come to think of it, but it's amazing how many of us miss BJ Watling in this list.

Watling has a Test average of over 40 and has scored almost 3500 runs from 64 Test matches but still flies under the radar. With his match-winning 205-run knock against England, Watling helped New Zealand declare their first essay for 615 to ultimately win the match by an innings and 65 runs.

He became the first New Zealand wicketkeeper and 9th worldwide to score a Test double century, that included 24 boundaries and one six.

It is not that this knock has come out of the blue. Watling has been consistently performing for New Zealand over the past few years. The wicketkeeper has contributed in foreign conditions as well with him ending as the second highest run-scorer in in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka with 183 runs from three innings. And, this is when his impeccable wicketkeeping skills are not even discussed.

David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Santner and Neil Wagner were the other contenders.

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