New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling offered a perfect demonstration of battling it out on a tough pitch in the opening Test against England as he defied the tourists’ bowling charge with a splendid century to get his team in a dominant position.
Watling was not out at 119 by the end of the third day leading the home side’s brilliant reply to England’s first-innings total of 353.
The 34-year-old’s unbeaten 298-ball stay at the crease was marked by tremendous levels of endurance as he blunted England’s intimidating pace attack to recover his team.
Watling first added 70 runs with Henry Nicholls, then 119 with Colin de Grandhomme and later 78 with Mitchell Santner as he calmly accumulated his century and batted along unperturbed. Managing to play a proper Test innings, Watling’s remarkable knock has given the Black Caps the advantage in the game.