Tom Latham

New Zealand|Wicketkeeper Batter
Tom Latham
INTL CAREER: 2012 - 2022
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Full Name

Thomas William Maxwell Latham

Born

April 02, 1992, Christchurch, Canterbury

Age

30y 185d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter

RELATIONS

RT Latham

(father)

The son of former allrounder Rod Latham, Tom Latham played varied roles for New Zealand since his international debut at the age of 19. He batted in every position from No. 1 to 9 in limited-overs cricket, and also took on the responsibility of being a wicketkeeper. In Tests, however, Latham was primarily used as an opening batsman, and he quickly settled into a position New Zealand had trouble filling for years.

Latham had been part of New Zealand's Under-19 World Cup squad in 2010 and later that year he played first-class cricket for Canterbury. In 2012, he made his debut in ODIs and Twenty20 internationals and was shuffled up and down the order for a while but did not cement his spot.

Following an impressive domestic season, Latham played his first Test, against India in Wellington, in February 2014 and was picked as an opener for the tour of West Indies a few months later. In the Caribbean, he reeled off three successive half-centuries, contributing to an overseas series win. Against Pakistan in the UAE that November, Latham scored centuries in successive Tests, the first New Zealand batsman to do so for 24 years. He has been a fixture at the top of New Zealand's order in Test cricket ever since. In December 2018, he carried his bat in a Test innings against Sri Lanka in Wellington, making 264 not out to set a new Test match record for the highest score by any opener while carrying his bat, surpassing Alastair Cook's 244 not out in 2017 against Australia. He was also only the second New Zealand opener to carry his bat in a Test. Glenn Turner had previously done it twice.

In ODI cricket, he was included in New Zealand's 2015 World Cup squad, but did not get a game as Brendon McCullum's team finished runners-up. However, New Zealand rested several first-choice players from the tour to Africa later that year, and Latham cashed in: he made his maiden ODI hundred in Zimbabwe, and scored three successive half-centuries in South Africa - all while opening the batting. He had had only one 50-plus score in his first 26 ODI innings.

After a lean run in 2017 at the top of the order, he was shifted to No.5 and given the gloves following the retirement of Luke Ronchi. He made 103 not out in his first innings at No.5 in a winning chase against India in Mumbai and remained in that spot all the way through to the 2019 World Cup.
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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test6811954623264*40.55991846.61122352616760
ODI114106133237140*34.80382084.73618272449511
T20I1815232265*24.76303106.270222583
FC137236159497264*42.971904649.8623511138331761
List A192177215590140*35.83652785.649315197016118
T2087785211011028.901583133.2911317175405
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test68------------
ODI114------------
T20I18------------
FC1374261811/71/718.004.1526.0000
List A192------------
T2087------------
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Photos
The stumps are splattered by Alex Carey, as a dive back can't save Tom Latham
Tim Southee and Tom Latham celebrate the fall of Steven Smith
Alex Carey was out to a close stumping call, by Tom Latham
Mitchell Santner and Tom Latham get together to celebrate Alex Carey's wicket
Tom Latham pushes the ball into the covers
Tom Latham runs out Craig Young