County news February 23, 2016

Kent sign Tom Latham for new season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tom Latham in action during the series against Australia © AFP

Kent have signed New Zealand opening batsman Tom Latham for the 2016 English season and he will be available for all formats.

Latham, 23, is Kent's second significant recent signing after they brought Kagiso Rabada to the club for a month in mid-season.

Latham currently averages close to 40 in Test cricket with three centuries and also provides an extra wicketkeeping option should the need arise. In first-class cricket he has a career-best of 261.

"I'm delighted to have joined Kent for the season. Playing county cricket has always been a goal of mine," he said. "I've heard great things about the playing group and coaching staff, so I can't wait to get started and help the boys push for some silverware."

Kent's head coach Jimmy Adams said: "We're delighted to have Tom playing with us this season. He brings valuable experience gained from playing at the international level across all formats.

"We are confident that he will play a big role as the club pushes for County Championship promotion and white-ball success."

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  • Cautiously_optimistic on February 24, 2016, 17:09 GMT

    A good signing which should really benefit the player and Kent. Have been quite impressed by Latham who has the potential to become a very good opening batsman and is a wicket keeper too. Great that he is available for the whole season and he will probably play most games in all formats. Kent have a good reputation for developing young players, so it's a win-win situation.

  • Patchmaster on February 24, 2016, 8:24 GMT

    Latham will score some solid runs, he's close to be a class act, and will grow in stature as the season goes on I'd say.

  • Tobuscus on February 24, 2016, 3:54 GMT

    This will be really good for Tom Latham, some more f/c experience in a f/c competition with a standard of cricket higher than here in New Zealand. His lack of experience playing quality f/c cricket has really shown, especially in the tests he has played against Australia so far, always getting starts and then getting out. I was particularly disappointed with his indiscipline in the second innings in Wellington, where he got out trying to slog Nathan Lyon, where he knew that what we needed was to bat time. He has the potential to be one of our best ever openers (yes trolls, I do know that that isn't a particularly hard feat to achieve). I hope with more experience he can build more batting discipline and doesn't get out playing stupid shots. I don't have as much of a problem with him getting caught behind fishing, because every left hander does it sometimes. He just needs to try and be like Voges, and put a really high price on his wicket and make sure he's the guy you really want out.

  •   Scott Cranfield on February 24, 2016, 2:10 GMT

    Jeetan Patel should be there as well.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on February 23, 2016, 14:43 GMT

    Makes a lot of sense for Kent if he can keep wicket. Billings at IPL and likely to pick up limited-overs games for England, plus Ryan Davies heading to Somerset. Also an opener: good news. Rob Key is reaching the end of his career and Daniel Bell-Drummond a Lions player and outsider for greater things. Aside from that, does Neil Broom count? He's got a British passport.

  • apdadavidson on February 23, 2016, 12:57 GMT

    Plus Neil Broom at Derbyshire. You missed him off your list.

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