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BJ Watling struck a 172-ball 107 AFP

Bradley-John Watling or better known as BJ Watling in his knock of 107 runs against Zimbabwe in the first Test of the series equaled the record of most hundreds by a wicketkeeper for New Zealand. Watling is now leveled with New Zealand’s former Test skipper Brendon McCullum’s tally of 5 Test hundreds as player as keeper’. In the 101 matches McCullum played 52 games as a designated keeper’,whereas Watling has so far played 32 (including first Test against Zimbabwe). Watling was already 2-hundreds ahead of former wicketkeeper Adam Parore, who had 2-Tests tons. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, 1st Test match

P M R 100s
Brendon McCullum 52 2803 5
BJ Watling 31 1807 5
Adam Parore 67 2479 2
Ian Smith 63 1815 2
Warren Lees 21 778 1

Ian Smith is fourth in the list with 2-Test ton at an average of 25.56 just behind Parore who has an average of 26.94. Warren Lees is fifth in the list with a solitary ton in 21 Tests. Ian Smith is fourth in the list with 2-Test ton at an average of 25.56 just behind Parore who has an average of 26.94. Warren Lees is fifth in the list with a solitary ton in 21 Tests.Only these 5 players have achieved hundreds for New Zealand, next in the list is Kenneth Wadsworth. Wadsworth best of 80 came against Australia at Melbourne in 1973.

Speaking about the match, New Zealand are 5 wickets away from winning the first Test of the two-Test series against Zimbabwe at stumps on Day Three at Bulawayo. The day belonged to New Zealand s senior batsman, Ross Taylor as he brought up his fourteenth century in Tests and remained not out on 173 for his side.