Durham sign New Zealand's BJ Watling for remaining County Championship fixtures

BJ Watling
BJ Watling

Durham have signed New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling for the rest of the County Championship season.

The 34-year-old, who scored an unbeaten century for the Black Caps in their second Test victory over Sri Lanka last month, will replace Peter Handscomb as the north-east county's overseas player.

Watling is Durham's third overseas player in the County Championship this season, with Handscomb having replaced fellow Australian Cameron Bancroft following his Ashes call-up.

Watling, who has played 63 Tests and 33 limited-overs internationals, will be available for Durham's Division Two games against Northamptonshire and Glamorgan.

Durham director of cricket Marcus North said: "I'm delighted to welcome BJ Watling for the final two games of the Specsavers County Championships season. He's coming to us off the back of an exceptional Test series against Sri Lanka.

"With Peter Handscomb returning to Australia we have moved swiftly to ensure we have a high-quality overseas batter."

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