Bradley-John Watling emerges from Brendon McCullum's shadow to record third Test ton

New Zealand's wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling matched his skipper Brendon McCullum in determination and discipline to record his first hundred against a major Test nation.

updated: February 17, 2014 14:08 IST
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When one decides to stay in the middle, runs generally come as you play yourself in and that is what happened to New Zealand' Bradley-John Watling. The 28-year-old wicketkeeper batsman notched up his third Test hundred on the fourth day of the second Test against India in Wellington on Monday. (Highlights)

Coming in at 94/5 on Day 3, with New Zealand staring at the massive innings defeat, Watling stuck it out with skipper Brendon McCullum as the pair ended the day without further alarms. His marathon effort is by far his best Test performance as his previous two hundreds were against lower-ranked teams like Zimbabwe (102* at Napier on January 26, 2012) and Bangladesh (103 at Chittagong, October 9, 2013). (Scorecard)

Watling has been living under the shadow of McCullum as a wicket-keeper, being the most consistent Kiwi glovesman since the latter gave up keeping in the longest format of the game. In the course of his innings, Watling saw McCullum reach is 9th Test ton and complete 5000 runs in Tests. Watling himself reached his seventh half-century in the latter stages of the third day and completed 1000 runs in Tests.

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