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Latham eyes Kiwi Test berth

Latham eyes  Kiwi Test berth
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Cricket for Thomas William Maxwell Latham, captain of the New Zealand ‘A’ squad, which is currently on an India tour, is...

Samuel Tatikonda

Visakhapatnam: Cricket for Thomas William Maxwell Latham, captain of the New Zealand ‘A’ squad, which is currently on an India tour, is ‘discipline’ personified. Yes passion for the game, desire to perform and the zeal to excel are some of the targets Tom Latham has set for himself. Cricket is all that it matters to this 21-year-oldChristchurch lad. And Tom’s deep desire in life is to perform at the highest form of the game-Test cricket. “In the next five years from now I want to sport the Black Cap. T20 is fun and exciting but my main goal is to play Test cricket for my country. I want to stay focussed and enjoy the game”, says Tom.
Son of former all-rounder Rod Latham, Tom is an aggressive left-hand opening batsman and a wicketkeeper too. He was named in New Zealand's squad for the Under-19 World Cup in 2010 and later that year made his first-class debut for Canterbury. Though he struggled to make an impact in first-class cricket, impressive performances in the shorter formats, including a maiden hundred in the Ford Trophy in last year’s January, earned him a place in the national limited-over squad for their home series against Zimbabwe in the same year. The cricketing format in New Zealand is packed with lot of first class competitions. There is more scope to perform and make a comeback.
“We have a regular dose of four-day games, one-dayers and the T20s. I suppose these are the big ones we have in New Zealand. And I focus on all these formats as much as possible”, says Tom. “We also have the T20 HIV Cup.” “My performances in the last season were not too impressive. A trip to the sub-continent is always exciting and a learning experience, particularly on the spin-friendly tracks”, he says with a grin.
Born on April 2, 1991, Tom believes that sheer hard work and success for him is to ‘perform’. “Like my dad, I want to play for the Kiwi team in Test cricket. My Indian experience could be the ideal opportunity to knock on the Test doors”. Since his debut in both formats last year, Tom has played eight one-day games and five T20s for New Zealand. Only time will tell how this lad performs but for now he is hope and confidence personified.
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