Stuff – D-day will arrive for New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling late next week as he battles a hip injury which has him in doubt for the first cricket test against West Indies.

Summary

  • D-day will arrive for New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling late next week as he battles a hip injury which has him in doubt for the first cricket test against West Indies.
  • It leaves Wellington’s Tom Blundell, named to keep wicket for New Zealand A in the tour opener at Lincoln starting on November 25, in line for a potential test debut on his home ground if Watling doesn’t recover.
  • Selector Gavin Larsen said Watling, who averages 38 from 52 tests, would need to don the gloves for ND in Alexandra next Friday to prove his fitness for the first test at Wellington’s Basin Reserve on December 1.
  • Ferguson snared 12-78 in Auckland’s win over Otago last week and heads the Plunket Shield wicket charts with 19, but will rest this week against Watling’s ND as he nurses a cracked right thumb.
  • All the test and NZA squad except Ferguson will turn out in a star-studded Plunket Shield round over the next four days.


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