New Zealand opening batsman Tom Latham has admitted that West Indies pace bowler Jerome Taylor “was exceptional” during the first day of the second Test in Trinidad.
Taylor dismissed Hamish Rutherford, James Neesham, BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi as New Zealand were bundled out for 221.
“Jerome Taylor was exceptional today, specially that spell after lunch,” Latham said. “They certainly put the ball in the right areas for a good amount of time and made it a lot more difficult.”
However, Latham was the only New Zealand batsman to have a major impact as he scored 82 runs off 163 balls, which included 10 boundaries.
This was Latham’s third consecutive half-century and he now boasts scores of 83, 73 and 82 in the series.
“[It’s] a funny sort of wicket, a little bit tennis-bally,” he said. “The bounce is a little bit uneven. But the ball is still swinging so that’s a positive sign for our bowlers leading in to tomorrow morning.
“It helps when you’ve got a few runs under your belt. You have to keep taking each innings at a time and you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself. Hopefully, in the second innings, if I do get an opportunity I can put the team in a good situation.”