England vs New Zealand: India ‘a totally totally different facet’ says Tom Latham as Black Caps
Birmingham: India is harmful on all fronts, New Zealand vice-captain Tom Latham on Sunday mentioned of their challengers for the World Check Championship crown, describing the Virat-Kohli unit a “utterly totally different facet” from vanquished England.
Within the absence of injured Kane Williamson, Latham led the workforce to a memorable 1-0 Check collection triumph within the two-match rubber in opposition to hosts England, their first within the UK since 1999.
Requested the place does he see the most important hazard from India coming, Latham mentioned, “Throughout the board.”
“They have a incredible set of bowlers, plenty of high quality batsmen which have scored runs in several circumstances all around the world. They had been over right here a couple of years in the past and performed rather well, so we all know we’ll need to play properly to beat them.”
Whereas the workforce celebrated a high-quality collection triumph, Latham mentioned the main focus will shift to India in two days’ time.
“The preparation has been nice nevertheless it’s vital that we do shift our focus and adapt to a totally totally different facet,” he mentioned on the post-match press convention.
Latham mentioned that India’s performances on their tour of England in 2018 — albeit in a 4-1 collection defeat — confirmed that they might be robust to beat on the Ageas Bowl.
The inaugural WTC last is scheduled to be held in Southampton from 18-23 June.
With the match ending in beneath 4 days, the Kiwis will get a day further to relaxation and put together for the India problem.
“Nice to place the ft up for a day, huge problem arising however wanting ahead to celebrating, have not gained right here since 1999, so rejoice tonight after which look ahead,” Latham mentioned.
“Nice assist from Kiwis, the English and likewise again house. Environment was superb.”
New Zealand gained the match by eight wickets and when requested what he would charge greater — a collection triumph in England or a victory within the WTC last — Latham mentioned each.
“Each sounds fairly good. From our standpoint, it was about coming right here and specializing in these first two Check matches in opposition to England and making an attempt to proceed doing what we have been doing over a few years now.
“Now that we have ticked them off, it is vital that our focus shifts to India in a few days.
“It is a incredible achievement from the group. I feel it is vital that we rejoice with one another. It hasn’t been carried out since ’99. It is actually an achievement that is price celebrating.”
“For us to return right here as a gaggle, it was about making an attempt to play our model of cricket and I assumed we did that actually properly over the 4 days and acquired our rewards on the finish.”
New Zealand’s first Check collection win in England in 22 years moved them again to the highest of the ICC rankings forward of India. This was England’s first house Check collection defeat since 2014.
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