In last tour of New Zealand to India, on the things that attracted audience and experts was New Zealand batsman Tom Latham’s ability to play both spin and fast bowler. The way Tom Latham performed, it seems like he is one of the greatest finds for the New Zealand. Tom Latham has represented New Zealand in all formats of the game and has captained them in One-day international cricket. In addition to this he is a wicket Keeper too. It may be too early to predict but we think New Zealand has got someone to fill Brandon McCullum Shoes. Lets have a look at some facts about Tom Latham.
Facts about Tom Latham
Tom Latham was born on 2nd of April 1992 in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand. He is also a son of former New Zealand cricket allrounder Rod Latham.
First Class Career
Tom played lot of youth cricket for Canterbury. He also captained Canterbury under 19 side and played for Canterbury A team for 2008 season. Tom Latham made his debut for Canterbury in the 2010-11 Plunket shield. He scored 65 runs in his first-class debut inning.
ODI and T20 debut
Tom Latham made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2012 and made 24 runs on debut and his T20 debut was against west Indies same year and scores of 15 and 19 in that series. He also played ODI series on the tour of west indies and failed miserably with highest score of 32. Following this series, he was dropped from the team. He was then again selected for series against Bangladesh where he made brilliant 43 opening the batting. In the next series against Sri Lanka he played match winning inning of 86 runs from 68 balls.
Test Match debut
After two years of consistent performance in limited over cricket for New Zealand, he was handed a test cap. Tom Latham made his test debut against India in February 2014. He replaced injured Ross Taylor in that game and he had a forgettable outing and made 10 ball duck batting at number 4.
Youngest kiwi to score two consecutive Test 100s
In 2014 New Zealand played test series against Pakistan in UAE. In that series he scored two consecutive centuries and because youngest New Zealand batsman to score two consecutive test hundreds at the age of 24.
Good player of Spin
Tom Latham’s Batting skills were tested when his team visited India. On very high turning pitches he was able to score three fifties. Although he was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin on all three instances, but he showed great resistance against spin and followed copybook style of batting.
10th Batsman to carry his bat
In an ODI against India in 2016 at Dharamshala, Tom Latham became 10th batsman in cricket history and first New Zealander to carry his bat in an ODI.
Opportunity to Captain New Zealand
In May 2017, Many New Zealand players were busy playing Indian Premier League and as a result he was appointed captain of the NZ ODI team for tri series against Bangladesh and Ireland.
First to score fifty in Day-night test match
In the 2015-16 Trans–Tasman Trophy, in the third test match of the series which was also first Day-Night test match ever, Tom Latham became first batsman to score fifty in a D/N test match.