England vs New Zealand: Black Caps cricketers and employees depart for the United Kingdom.© Twitter
Ahead of the two-match Test sequence in opposition to England and the World Test Championship (WTC) last in opposition to India, New Zealand gamers employees, and gamers on Saturday left for the UK. The contingent took a flight from Auckland airport and now they might be making their approach to the UK. The official Twitter deal with of BlackCaps posted a photograph of the contingent departing from the airport they usually captioned the submit as: “Time to fly! #ENGvNZ #WTC21.” Three gamers — Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, and Mitchell Santner are at present within the Maldives as they headed there after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 obtained indefinitely suspended.
The trio can be leaving for the UK from Maldives.
Earlier this week, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) had introduced that wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling shall be retiring from worldwide cricket after the tour of England.
The 35-year-old has been a stalwart of the Test facet since debuting in 2009 as a gap batsman, happening to determine himself as a world-class keeper-batsman and claiming quite a few information in his 73 Tests up to now.
Watling holds the New Zealand Test dismissals report with 249 catches (excluding 10 as a fielder) and eight stumpings — one of the best numbers of any present Test keepers. Watling’s batting statistics are equally eye-catching: with eight Test centuries to his identify and New Zealand information for the fourth and fifth-highest partnerships: 362 with Brendon McCullum in opposition to India on the Basin Reserve in 2014, and 365* with present captain Kane Williamson in opposition to Sri Lanka on the similar floor a 12 months later.
He is simply the ninth Test keeper to attain a double hundred and was the primary to take action in opposition to England, when his Player of the Match efficiency helped win a dramatic Test in opposition to England at Bay Oval in November 2019. He additionally featured in one other New Zealand record-partnership in that match as he and Mitchell Santner placed on 261 for the seventh wicket.
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