England vs New Zealand: India ‘a very completely different aspect’ says Tom Latham as Black Caps
Birmingham: India is harmful on all fronts, New Zealand vice-captain Tom Latham on Sunday stated of their challengers for the World Take a look at Championship crown, describing the Virat-Kohli unit a “utterly completely different aspect” from vanquished England.
Within the absence of injured Kane Williamson, Latham led the staff to a memorable 1-0 Take a look at sequence triumph within the two-match rubber towards hosts England, their first within the UK since 1999.
Requested the place does he see the largest hazard from India coming, Latham stated, “Throughout the board.”
“They have a improbable set of bowlers, a number of high quality batsmen which have scored runs in several circumstances all around the world. They had been over right here just a few years in the past and performed rather well, so we all know we’ll need to play properly to beat them.”
Whereas the staff celebrated a tremendous sequence triumph, Latham stated the main target will shift to India in two days’ time.
“The preparation has been nice nevertheless it’s essential that we do shift our focus and adapt to a very completely different aspect,” he stated on the post-match press convention.
Latham stated that India’s performances on their tour of England in 2018 — albeit in a 4-1 sequence defeat — confirmed that they’d be powerful to beat on the Ageas Bowl.
The inaugural WTC closing is scheduled to be held in Southampton from 18-23 June.
With the match ending in below 4 days, the Kiwis will get a day additional to relaxation and put together for the India problem.
“Nice to place the ft up for a day, massive problem developing however wanting ahead to celebrating, have not received right here since 1999, so rejoice tonight after which look ahead,” Latham stated.
“Nice assist from Kiwis, the English and likewise again residence. Environment was wonderful.”
New Zealand received the match by eight wickets and when requested what he would price increased — a sequence triumph in England or a victory within the WTC closing — Latham stated each.
“Each sounds fairly good. From our standpoint, it was about coming right here and specializing in these first two Take a look at matches towards England and attempting to proceed doing what we have been doing over a few years now.
“Now that we have ticked them off, it is essential that our focus shifts to India in a few days.
“It is a improbable achievement from the group. I believe it is essential that we rejoice with one another. It hasn’t been executed since ’99. It is definitely an achievement that is value celebrating.”
“For us to come back right here as a bunch, it was about attempting to play our model of cricket and I believed we did that basically properly over the 4 days and received our rewards on the finish.”
New Zealand’s first Take a look at sequence win in England in 22 years moved them again to the highest of the ICC rankings forward of India. This was England’s first residence Take a look at sequence defeat since 2014.
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