BJ Watling will make a rare appearance in coloured clothing for the Blackcaps against Pakistan.
Watling hasn’t played a One Day International for the Blackcaps in almost three years, and his performances last time, during a series against England, weren’t exactly headline grabbing either.
The Blackcaps experimented with Watling at the top of the order. That was an absolute failure, Watling is a batsman who can anchor and aggressively finish an innings with the bat, not begin one.
But Watling has come a long way since then in the shorter form of the game, just not on the international level.
Watling averages a tick under 40 for the Northern Knights in Ford Trophy Cricket with a highest score of 145 unbeaten.
Regular Blackcap wicketkeeper batsman Luke Ronchi has had a poor run of form this season and Watling is next cab off the rank.
Watling should, and will likely be given an opportunity in either the second or third One Day International against Pakistan.
If Watling impresses, he could well find that his days playing One-Day cricket for the Blackcaps won’t be as rare.