BJ Watling reveals his toughest bowling combinations ever faced

New Zealand’s test wicketkeeper/batsman BJ Watling has named the bowlers who suffered him during his batting career. In more than a decade in international cricket, he has faced some serious examinations at the crease, but for him, two bowling combinations stand above the rest.

New Zealands BJ Watling ducks under a bouncer during the third day of the first cricket Test between England and New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on November 23, 2019. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via Getty Images)

The wicketkeeper batsman was asked to rate the best duos he had had to face, In a video interview with ESPN Cricinfo. The batsman went to Indian off-spin of Ravichandran Ashwin as he has been a tricky proposition for a heap of batsmen over the years.

“When it’s turning in India it’s obviously very tough to play any spinner, really,” Watling told ESPN Cricinfo. “The likes of [Ravichandran] Ashwin and [Ravindra] Jadeja, if conditions are in their favour, it is extremely hard work to score runs in itself, and to not get out.

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“But facing guys like Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel in South Africa, that’s a pretty tough challenge. I think they have some of the quicker wickets in the world and obviously it cracks up late in the games. And those types of test matches can be very daunting, with those types of bowlers coming at you.”

BJ Watling also revealed the secret behind the success of New Zealand over the years. He feels that the pace attack of New Zealand side gave them a new dimension.

“We’ve got a strong pace threesome at the moment, and you get a lot of action behind the stumps, so it’s always good fun.

“They’re all very different in their own right, we’ve got Trent [Boult] who’s left-arm, swings the ball, then obviously Wags [Neil Wagner] who’s left-arm but comes in and tries to pitch it a little bit shorter and maybe doesn’t get the amount of swing that Trent does, and then obviously Tim’s [Southee] been doing it for a long time and I’ve been keeping to him for a long time, and his skills have just grown throughout the years.”

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