Blackcaps vs Bangladesh: Tom Blundell called in as injury cover for BJ Watling

One-test Blackcap Tom Blundell could replace BJ Watling for the third test against Bangladesh.

Watling injured his hamstring during the comprehensive innings win against the tourists in Wellington, missing the final day's play.

Blundell, who scored a century in his only test innings, has been drafted into the squad for Saturday's test as an injury precaution.

The Wellington Firebirds gloveman debuted against the West Indies at the Basin Reserve in 2017 under similar circumstances, scoring the highest test score by a New Zealand wicket-keeper in his first test.

The 28-year-old averages 41.25 with the bat in 41 first-class appearances for the Firebirds, taking 96 catches in the process.

Watling has been an integral part of the Blackcaps set-up, since donning the gloves for the first time in 2012.

The Northern Knights stopper averages 37.30 runs in tests, scoring six centuries and 16 fifties. Watling has the most dismissals for a wicket-keeper in New Zealand test history.

The Blackcaps will make a call on the fitness of both Watling and Kane Williamson on Friday.

The skipper has a pectoral tear and sat out a majority of the final two days in Wellington.

The final test of the summer begins on Saturday morning at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Blackcaps squad for third test: Kane Williamson (c), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Tim Southee (vc), Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Tom Blundell (injury cover).


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