Black Caps vs Bangladesh: Tom Latham says Devon Conway can do a Kane Williamson

Black Caps stand-in captain Tom Latham has seen a fair bit in the game as he prepares to play his 100th ODI against Bangladesh in Dunedin on Saturday.
The 28-year-old has had a front-sow seat for the majority of Kane Williamsons career, watching the injured skipper amass more than 6000 runs in the 50-over format.

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Tom Latham will play his 100th ODI against Bangladesh on Saturday at University Oval, the same ground where he made his debut against Zimbabwe.

However, as the Black Caps prepare to enter a three-game ODI series without the man who has anchored so many of their innings, Latham see similar qualities in debutant Devon Conway.

He definitely does, Latham said on Friday. Obviously in the last few seasons he has scored a truckload of runs in all formats for Wellington.


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And we've seen this year when he's come into the side [Black Caps], he's made every post a winner in terms of the T20 games.

Hes been in the test group as well and he will get his opportunity tomorrow.

Im sure hell be looking forward to showing the form hes had over the last couple of years, but also what he's shown for the T20 side.

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Devon Conway looks on during a Black Caps training session in Dunedin.

It's a big compliment for Conway, who will make his debut alongside Will Young and all-rounder Daryl Mitchell on Saturday with Mark Chapman and one fast bowler to miss out.

Opportunity will knock for that trio against a Bangladesh side that has never won in New Zealand.

Yet, the injection of new faces also emphasises the role Latham has to play, and the 28-year-old also admitted he would like to put together some compelling ODI form to force his way back into the T20 reckoning with the World Cup to be held later this year.

I'd love to play T20 cricket, Latham said.

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Black Caps captain Tom Latham with Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal with the Alesha Mart ODI series trophy at Signal Hill in Dunedin on Friday.

I haven't played a huge amount of T20 cricket for Canterbury over the past couple of years.

Being injured this year was a bit disappointing but thats cricket.

At the moment I'm focused on what I have to do with the one-day side and if that happens with the T20 side then I'd love the opportunity to play.

For that to happen, the compact left-hander may have to display an increased ability to score runs quickly.

It's not that he doesn't have that ability in his locker, but he indicated that picking the right time to unleash that power game was something he was working on even as he discussed his improvements over the years.


Experience is the big one, Latham said. I hadn't played a huge amount of domestic cricket when I made my debut.

To play the amount of international cricket I have I've probably gained the experience in situations.

My role has been slightly different in this side over the past three or four years.

Being able to adapt in different situations is the biggest thing Ive had to learn and .... Im still continuing to learn ... identifying situations, especially in the one-day format, of what you need to do.

And the power game, when that needs to come out.

Its always a work-on, it's always something that you are trying to improve, so hopefully that can keep getting better too.

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Kane Williamson has a chat to Australian captain Aaron Finch after the T20 international at Sky Stadium, Wellington.

Still, Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal does not expect the Black Caps to have it all their own way in the opening game of the three-match ODI series.

The Tigers have a rough record in New Zealand and the chill in Dunedin's air on Friday suggested that conditions might not suit them, but the tourists and are looking forward to unleashing some newer players of their own after preparing well in Queenstown.

I think weve got a solid fast-bowling attack this time, Tamim said. We've got a few young bowlers who Im excited to see.

They have been doing exceptionally well in the practice games. Im excited for them.


Theres always an opportunity when you play against any side.

AT A GLANCE

What: Black Caps v Bangladesh ODI, first in three-game series

Where: University Oval, Dunedin

When: Saturday, 11am.

Other fixtures:

Black Caps v Bangladesh, Hagley Oval, Tuesday, 2pm

Black Caps v Bangladesh, Basin Reserve, Friday, 11am

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