Tom Latham (cricketer)

Thomas William Maxwell Latham (born 2 April 1992), known as Tom Latham, is a New Zealand cricketer, who represents New Zealand in all formats of the game and is vice-captain of the national team in Test and One Day International (ODI) formats. In January 2020, Latham captained the New Zealand Test squad for the first time.

Tom Latham
Personal information
Full nameThomas William Maxwell Latham
Born (1992-04-02) 2 April 1992 (age 28)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleBatsman, wicket-keeper
RelationsRod Latham (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 263)14 February 2014 v India
Last Test29 February 2020 v India
ODI debut (cap 170)3 February 2012 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI13 March 2020 v Australia
ODI shirt no.48
T20I debut (cap 55)30 June 2012 v West Indies
Last T20I1 November 2017 v India
Domestic team information
2016Kent (squad no. 48)
2017–2018Durham (squad no. 48)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 52 99 114 170
Runs scored 3,726 2,696 7,973 4,765
Batting average 42.34 32.87 43.09 34.03
100s/50s 11/18 4/16 19/44 6/28
Top score 264* 137 264* 137
Balls bowled 26
Wickets 1
Bowling average 18.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/7
Catches/stumpings 52/0 82/7 140/1 140/13
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 13 March 2020

He is primarily a batsman who has also acted as wicket-keeper. Playing for Canterbury, he made his first-class cricket debut against Central Districts in 2010 in the Plunket Shield. He was selected for the One-Day International series against Zimbabwe in 2012[1] and made his ODI debut on 3 February 2012.[2] He made his Test match debut against India in February 2014.

Latham is the son of former New Zealand cricketer Rod Latham.[3]

Domestic cricket careerEdit

Latham made his debut for Canterbury in the 2010–11 Plunket Shield season, scoring 65 in his maiden first-class cricket innings.[4][5] He had played youth cricket for Canterbury, captaining the under-19 side, and played for the Canterbury A team from the 2008–09 season.[6][7] During 2010 Latham had been a member of the Durham County Cricket Club academy in England. He played matches for Durham Second XI and a Northumberland development XI as well as playing club cricket in the North East Premier League in England for Gateshead Fell.[7][8][9][10]

Latham has appeared in all formats of the game for Canterbury. He spent the 2013 English summer playing in north-east England again, playing for South Shields in the North East Premier League and Scotland in the 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 competition, the major English List A competition in 2013, as well as making two further appearances for Durham's second XI.[8][11][12][13][14] He was selected for the touring New Zealand Test squad during the summer[15][16] and for the T20 squad, playing in both T20 internationals on the tour.[17][18]

Kent signed Latham as an overseas player for the 2016 English season.[19] He made his County Championship debut against Glamorgan at Canterbury in May, scoring half-centuries in both innings, the first Kent batsman in history to do so on debut.[20][21] After playing in all three formats of the game for the county, Latham left Kent in mid-July to join the New Zealand team in Zimbabwe.[22]

In 2017 Latham signed as an overseas player with Durham for the second half of the 2017 English cricket season.[23]

International careerEdit

Latham scored 24 runs on debut, batting at number five, in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2012. He made his Twenty20 International debut against the West Indies on 30 July, making 15 and 19 in the series. Latham also played in the tour's ODI series but failed to contribute significantly, his highest score being 32. He was recalled against Bangladesh, where he played a bright innings of 43 while opening the batting, and scored a match-winning 86 off 68 balls during the following tour of Sri Lanka.

He made his Test match debut against India in February 2014, with scores of 29 and 0. He then toured the West Indies with New Zealand in June, playing in all three Tests and two T20s. He had a highly successful Test series, scoring three half-centuries and 288 runs in total, finishing second in the series list of top run scorers, just behind teammate Kane Williamson. In doing so he helped his side to an overseas series victory. By July 2014 he had claimed the spot of opener after a run of poor form for incumbents Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton. His first Test century was achieved against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, on 11 November 2014; he scored 103.

Despite his position as an opening batsman in Test matches, Latham was named as a middle-order batsman and backup wicket-keeper to Luke Ronchi for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He also shared Test wicket-keeping duties against England with BJ Watling, keeping for New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's following an injury to Watling. When he is not a keeper he generally fields close to the wicket or in the slips.

Latham was selected to tour Zimbabwe in 2015 as an opening batsman. During the second ODI of the series, he scored his maiden ODI century of 110 not out as part of an unbeaten partnership with Martin Guptill of 236 as New Zealand won the match by 10 wickets to level the series. In the third Test against Australia in the 2015-16 Trans–Tasman Trophy, the first ever day-night Test match, Latham became the first man to score a fifty in a day-night Test.

In October 2016, while playing against India at Dharamshala Latham became the tenth batsman and the first New Zealander to carry his bat in an ODI.[24]

In January 2017 Latham was named as the New Zealand wicket-keeper for the Chappell-Hadlee series.[25] In the first ODI of that series he equalled New Zealand's record of five dismissals as a wicket keeper in an ODI innings.[26] Due to poor form with the bat,[citation needed] however, he was dropped on 1 March for the series against South Africa.

In May 2017 Latham was recalled and named as captain for the Ireland Tri-Series against Ireland and Bangladesh in Ireland with a number of regular players playing in the 2017 Indian Premier League.[27]

In October 2017, Latham was given the wicketkeeping duties against India and moved down to no. 5 due to his ability to play against spin.[citation needed] He scored 103* from 102 balls in game 1 of the 3-match series.[28]

In December 2017 Latham resumed his role as acting ODI captain against West Indies with Kane Williamson and Tim Southee rested.[citation needed]

In May 2018, he was one of twenty players to be awarded a new contract for the 2018–19 season by New Zealand Cricket.[29] In December 2018, against Sri Lanka, he made the highest score while carrying the bat in Test cricket, with 264 not out.[30] In April 2019, he was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[31][32] In July 2019, in New Zealand's semi-final match against India, Latham played in his 150th international match for New Zealand.[33]

In January 2020, in the third Test against Australia, Latham captained New Zealand for the first time in Test cricket, after Kane Williamson was ruled out of the match due to flu.[34]

In February 2020, in the first and second ODI against India, Latham captained New Zealand[35] to win by 4 Wickets and 22 runs after Kane Williamson was ruled out of the match due to a shoulder injury.[36]


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  2. ^ Zimbabwe in New Zealand ODI Series – 1st ODI. Retrieved on 2012-02-03
  3. ^ Tom Latham, Player profile, CricInfo. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  4. ^ First-class matches played by Tom Latham, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  5. ^ Neil Wagner stars in Otago win. CricInfo, 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  6. ^ Teams Tom Latham played for, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  7. ^ a b Latham- one record down, the next in his sights, New Zealand Cricket, 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  8. ^ a b Miscellaneous matches played by Tom Latham, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  9. ^ Latham leading Fell into pole position, Northern Echo, 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  10. ^ Three to tango, CricInfo, 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  11. ^ Tom Latham is the man to lift South Shields, The Journal, 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  12. ^ Kiwi ace Tom Latham stars for South Shields, The Journal, 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  13. ^ Kiwi import Tom Latham vows to rack up runs for the Saltires at Durham today, Daily Record, 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  14. ^ Routine and easy victory for Durham, Northern Echo, 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  15. ^ Ronchi picked in New Zealand one-day squad, CricInfo, 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  16. ^ Guptill and Taylor shine in solid workout, CricInfo, 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  17. ^ Rutherford, Latham picked for T20 squad, CricInfo, 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  18. ^ Blaydon hopeful of a winning weekend after victory over Durham Academy, The Journal, 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  19. ^ Kent: New Zealand's Tom Latham signs for 2016, BBC sport, 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  20. ^ Bell-Drummond and Latham continue prolific start, CricInfo, 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  21. ^ Overseas batsman Tom Latham from New Zealand reveals what he will bring to Kent Cricket, Kent Online, 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  22. ^ Latham uses 'silly season' to prepare for Africa, CricInfo, 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  23. ^ Tom Latham: Durham sign New Zealand batsman for second half of 2017, BBC Sport, 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  24. ^ Latham carries bat as NZ fold for 190, CricInfo, 2016-10-16. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  25. ^ New Zealand call up Blundell for Chappell-Hadlee ODIs, CricInfo, 2017-01-21. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  26. ^ New Zealand beats Australia by six runs in thrilling first ODI, New Indian Express, 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  27. ^ New look BLACKCAPS Ireland bound, New Zealand cricket. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  28. ^ INDIA vs BLACKCAPS, New Zealand cricket. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  29. ^ Todd Astle bags his first New Zealand contract, CricInfo, 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  30. ^ "Tom Latham registers highest individual score while carrying bat". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  31. ^ "Sodhi and Blundell named in New Zealand World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  32. ^ "Uncapped Blundell named in New Zealand World Cup squad, Sodhi preferred to Astle". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  33. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (Semi-Final 1): India vs New Zealand – Stats Preview". Cricket Addictor. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  34. ^ "Williamson out, Phillips to make Test debut for Black Caps against Australia". TVNZ. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  35. ^ "Blow for New Zealand as Kane Williamson ruled out of first 2 ODIs vs India". India Today. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  36. ^ "Cricket: Black Caps captain Kane Williamson ruled out of first two ODIs against India". NZHerald. Retrieved 4 February 2020.

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