Rookie Latham handed chance to cement top order spot

Latham is likely to see plenty of game time in Sri Lanka.

Wellington, Oct 25 (ANI): New Zealand batsman Tom Latham will be provided with a chance to cement a spot at the top of the order in one-day internationals during the tour of Sri Lanka in absence of Martin Guptill.

In the absence of Guptill, who has been rested for the limited over component of the tour, Latham is likely to see plenty of game time and head coach Mike Hesson said it was likely to be at the top of the order.

In Latham's nine international matches, he has batted between No 5 and No 9, but coach Mike Hesson and assistant coach Bob Carter are clearly his fans.

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"In the one-dayers we've got options but we'd like to see Tom Latham bat towards the top of the order. He's had some good results for New Zealand A," Stuff.co.nz quoted Hesson, as saying.

"Sometimes it's also an easier way to introduce a new player to the top of the order when the ball is hard and the field is up so he can get a bit of momentum that way," he added.

Latham could find himself opening the batting with Canterbury teammate Rob Nicol, with Brendon McCullum coming in at first drop.

Surrounded by hitters, Latham's job would be to keep the strike ticking over and bat time, while the fact he's a left-hander is a clear plus for both Hesson and Carter, who like that variety.

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