Deputy captain Latham expects new faces to go around New Zealand
HAMILTON: alternate patron of New Zealand Tom Latham He is betting on new faces to change the fate of his side hit by an injury against an apparently invincible India in the ODI series that begins here on Wednesday.
New Zealand received 0-5 in the T20 series, which ended Sunday. Latham said the Black Caps, playing their first ODI since that infamous World Cup final loss to England in the countdown to the limits, are hoping to recover.
We had boys who sat down and saw it (the World Cup final) again. It was an experience for us where we didn't leave the right side. But you know it was an incredible game, Latham said at a press conference here on Tuesday before the three-game series.
... now it is important for us to focus again on the work we have in our hands. We have played a lot in India in recent years. Therefore, there shouldn't be too many surprises ... for us it's about trying to focus on the series instead of looking back at that World Cup game, he added.
New Zealand is fighting an injury crisis, which includes regular pattern Kane Williamson . Black Caps, however, will be rejuvenated with the inclusion of all terrain. Jimmy Neesham & Colin de Grandhomme in the ODI squad.
Guardian-batter Tom Blundell & lanky pacer Kyle Jamieson They are those who do not have an ODI limit to their name.
"The T20 results were disappointing for the T20 side. (But) It is nice that a slightly new group has come in for this one-day team, a few new faces & a different format," he said.
"So it is important that we don't try & reinvent the wheel to try & change our style of play...Obviously it is hard but as I said there is a new group now. Fresh faces in a different format, which will pose challenges in a different way.
"So, fingers crossed & we can switch into One-day mode & start getting those results," he added.
Latham said Williamson, who will miss the first two ODI thanks to a shoulder injury, is a great player for his team. India will also be missing Rohit Sharma , which is ruled out due to a calf injury.
"It is disappointing to lose people like Kane...But again it presents an opportunity to someone else to come in & stake a claim. Fingers crossed, he (Williamson) will back as soon as possible.
"(With Rohit) it is similar to Kane situation. He is a massive player for India. But again, it presents an opportunity to someone else. We know what depth Indian cricket has & we are certainly not going to take them lightly," he added.
Speaking about reversing the results after the T20 lime wash, Latham said: Winning can be a habit. Unfortunately, we have been on the wrong side of those results, which has been disappointing.
"As I have said earlier, it is a different format, which is probably refreshing for the guys. There are new faces, who were not involved in the T20 series. We have been in those positions in the T20 series to win the game. Now we can start winning & going across the line," he signed off.