4. BJ Watling
Watling has been a silent giant in contemporary Test cricket. The 35-year-old is right up there among the finest to have played for New Zealand. His faultless glovework and sedate batsmanship have been vital to the Black Caps’ resounding success in recent times.
As with other Kiwi players, Watling often doesn’t feature in debates around the world’s best cricketers. But he has quietly built a legacy of sorts for himself. Watling has played 72 Tests and scored 3,766 runs at an average of 38.43. The impressive record includes eight hundreds and 19 half-centuries.