Latham wants more from Ki­wis

New Straits Times - - Sport -

New Zealand cap­tain Tom Latham is still look­ing for im­prove­ment when the Black­caps aim for a clean sweep of vic­to­ries in the fi­nal match of the one-day in­ter­na­tional Tri-Se­ries against Bangladesh in Clon­tarf to­mor­row.

An em­phatic 190-run suc­cess against hosts Ire­land at Malahide on Sun­day en­sured the Black­caps will win the tro­phy but for Latham the im­por­tant point was that a team miss­ing many lead­ing play­ers were get­ting bet­ter with ev­ery game.

“You try to im­prove each game and we did that to­day,” said Latham, who led from the front with a cen­tury against Ire­land as New Zealand con­tin­ued their build-up to next month’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy tour­na­ment in Eng­land.

“You talk about each player do­ing their jobs and play­ing their role and ev­ery­body did that to­day and that was the most pleas­ing thing,” said Latham who is fill­ing in as skip­per un­til Kane Wil­liamson re­turns from the In­dian Premier League.

“We want to im­prove again against Bangladesh and give the selectors plenty to think about go­ing into the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.”

The first two New Zealand play­ers back from the IPL, Matt Henry and Corey An­der­son, played on Sun­day with Henry the most suc­cess­ful bowler, tak­ing three for 36 as Ire­land were dis­missed for just 154 in re­sponse to the Black­caps’ 344 for six.

“It was nice to have the ex­pe­ri­enced guys back from the IPL and play­ing a part,” added Latham.

“That is im­por­tant mov­ing for­ward to the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy and hope­fully they can con­trib­ute again in the next match.

“But the play­ers not in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy squad have also com­peted and that’s the most pleas­ing thing. They have come in and done well.”

Latham made 104 from 111 balls, with nine fours and four sixes against Ire­land.

He re­ceived su­perb sup­port all the way down the order — ev­ery bats­man who came in reached dou­ble fig­ures — with Ross Tay­lor scor­ing his sec­ond half cen­tury of the se­ries with 57.

But it was Colin Munro who took the game away from Ire­land with a sen­sa­tional 44 from 15 balls fea­tur­ing three fours and four sixes — one of them a switch hit off Ire­land’s fastest bowler, Peter Chase — as the Black­caps plun­dered 72 from the last four overs. AFP

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