A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Tom Latham working hard to cement place in New Zealand squad

Latham is looking to become the specialist wicketkeeper in the New Zealand side

New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Tom Latham is hoping to cement his place in the New Zealand ODI and Twenty20 squad after the conclusion of the team’s limited overs series against the West Indies.

The 20-year-old Latham is currently competing against players like Ben Watling for a spot on the roster in the future.

Latham, was put into the New Zealand squad after making 79 runs in three innings against Zimbabwe, but noted that he was still quite far from being the best keeper in the side.

Speaking exclusively to Reuters, Latham said: “I don’t see myself as the number one keeper at the moment, but it’s always good to have to make tours, when they look at the make up of the side, as a backup keeper.”

Latham, also stated that he was working to improve his keeping abilities and did not really want to concentrate on being a specialist batsman.

“I’m definitely keen to keep the wicketkeeping going. It’s between me and BJ I think. They (the selectors) have said I’m a keeping option and I will be doing as much as I can to keep that going, because as my dad (former New Zealand batsman Rod Latham) said ‘it’s just another string to the bow’,” Latham said.

The 20-year-old also mentioned that he was extremely excited to be showcasing his talent against world-class teams.

“It was pretty exciting, I know it was only Zimbabwe but it was still international cricket and being around the guys like Brendon (McCullum), who I really looked up to growing up, was pretty cool,” Latham said.

Latham, now wants to earn himself a spot on the New Zealand roster in all three formats of the game, and also hopes to represent his country in the 2015 World Cup.

“I want to cement myself in the New Zealand side and play as much cricket for them in all three forms. My main goal at the moment is working towards the 2015 World Cup (in Australia and New Zealand),” he said.

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