Cricket: Forever humble, Blackcap BJ Watling signs off as New Zealand's greatest-ever test wicket-keeper

Blackcaps wicket-keeper BJ Watling has reflected on his time in the national side, as he prepares to step away from cricket. 

The 34-year-old has plenty of time to contemplate, as he and several of his teammates wait out their COVID-19 managed isolation period. 

And as a parting gift from the squad, he's been entrusted with the now famous 'Mace' trophy, which comes with plenty of responsibility. 

"I'll make sure I give it a clean before we come out," Watling jokes. 

It's a time to clean and a time to reflect, as Watling prepares to farewell the Blackcaps for good after 12 years. 

"I'll look back and there's been some great tours," Watling reflects. "I thoroughly enjoyed going to the West Indies when we managed to win that series back in 2013-ish."

But no tour was quite as special as the one he's just returned from, where New Zealand banked a test series win over England and the inaugural World Test Championship with an eight-wicket win over India. 

"It's pretty hard to top - it was obviously fantastic to win a final and to win a trophy." 

Statistically, Watling is New Zealand's best-ever gloveman, with 64 more dismissals than Adam Parore in four fewer matches - clear daylight between Watling and the rest. 

Not a bad batsman either, Watling's often been called upon to rescue a test, with a career top score of 205.

With eight centuries and 19 half-centuries, Watling ends his career with a test average of 37 runs - world-class statistics for a specialist gloveman. 

A mainstay in the side, he was given the honour of a pre-match team talk before the Southampton test. 

"I finished off with a little poem, but I knew the boys were ready. We were all pretty fizzed, so I don't think it took much from me at all, to be honest.

Typically humble, but whatever he said worked and that was a fitting way to end for one of New Zealand's finest.