Birmingham: India is harmful on all fronts, New Zealand vice-captain Tom Latham on Sunday stated of their challengers for the World Take a look at Championship crown, describing the Virat-Kohli unit a “fully totally different facet” from vanquished England.
Within the absence of injured Kane Williamson, Latham led the workforce to a memorable 1-0 Take a look at collection triumph within the two-match rubber towards hosts England, their first within the UK since 1999.
Requested the place does he see the most important hazard from India coming, Latham stated, “Throughout the board.”
“They have a incredible set of bowlers, quite a lot of high quality batsmen which have scored runs in several situations all around the world. They had been over right here a couple of years in the past and performed rather well, so we all know we’ll should play nicely to beat them.”
Whereas the workforce celebrated a fantastic collection triumph, Latham stated the main focus will shift to India in two days’ time.
“The preparation has been nice however it’s necessary that we do shift our focus and adapt to a totally totally different facet,” he stated on the post-match press convention.
Latham stated that India’s performances on their tour of England in 2018 — albeit in a 4-1 collection defeat — confirmed that they might be robust to beat on the Ageas Bowl.
The inaugural WTC ultimate is scheduled to be held in Southampton from 18-23 June.
With the match ending in beneath 4 days, the Kiwis will get a day additional to relaxation and put together for the India problem.
“Nice to place the ft up for a day, massive problem developing however wanting ahead to celebrating, have not received right here since 1999, so rejoice tonight after which look ahead,” Latham stated.
“Nice assist from Kiwis, the English and in addition again residence. Ambiance was wonderful.”
New Zealand received the match by eight wickets and when requested what he would charge increased — a collection triumph in England or a victory within the WTC ultimate — Latham stated each.
“Each sounds fairly good. From our viewpoint, it was about coming right here and specializing in these first two Take a look at matches towards England and making an attempt to proceed doing what we have been doing over a few years now.
“Now that we have ticked them off, it is necessary that our focus shifts to India in a few days.
“It is a incredible achievement from the group. I feel it is necessary that we rejoice with one another. It hasn’t been carried out since ’99. It is actually an achievement that is value celebrating.”
“For us to return right here as a gaggle, it was about making an attempt to play our model of cricket and I assumed we did that actually nicely over the 4 days and bought our rewards on the finish.”
New Zealand’s first Take a look at collection win in England in 22 years moved them again to the highest of the ICC rankings forward of India. This was England’s first residence Take a look at collection defeat since 2014.