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Southee-Watling combo tops dismissal list

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/01/2017

Tim Southee and wicket-keeper BJ Watling have now set a New Zealand record for caught and bowled dismissals, breaking a record that had stood for more than 26 years.

When Bangladesh's Mominul Haque was caught behind for 64 on the second morning of the first Test at Wellington's Basin Reserve, it was the 44th time the Northern Districts pair had combined to dismiss a batsman.

The previous record of 43 was held by Sir Richard Hadlee and Ian Smith, who took their last scalp in 1990.

Two of Watling's catches off Southee were while he was fielding, but in 2012 he took up the wicket-keeping gloves.

It wasn't until his sixth Test as a keeper that Watling took his first catch off Southee, when England opener Nick Compton was dismissed in the second innings of the tense drawn Test in Auckland in 2013.

Watling has now kept stumps to Southee in 23 Tests.

The pair are still well short of the world record 95 dismissals gathered by Australia's Dennis Lillee and Rodney Marsh.

NEW ZEALAND'S TOP DISMISSAL COMBINATION:

Caught Watling, bowled Southee - 44 times (two as a fielder)

Caught Ian Smith, bowled Richard Hadlee - 43

Caught Brendon McCullum, bowled Chris Martin - 42 (four as a fielder)

Caught Adam Parore, bowled Chris Cairns - 37

Caught Ian Smith, bowled Ewen Chatfield - 35

Caught BJ Watling, bowled Trent Boult - 31

Caugth BJ Watling, bowled Neil Wagner - 29 (one as a fielder)

Source: NZ Cricket Museum

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