England vs NZ 2021 – Tom Latham units sights on WTC remaining as NZ shift focus after historic collection win
“It is a implausible achievement from the group. I believe it is vital that we have a good time with one another. It hasn’t been performed since ’99. 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 basically effectively over the 4 days and received our rewards on the finish.”
“I actually bear in mind staying up late, watching groups come over to England and enjoying Take a look at cricket – at Lord’s, and all these iconic grounds. For us to return right here and put a efficiency on the board that was true to us was actually vital.
“It was about making an attempt to do what we do very well and I assumed we did. [It’s] effectively documented that ’99 was the final time we would gained right here and we have now been right here a few occasions in recent times and have not fairly received the rewards. It is actually an achievement that is price celebrating.”
New Zealand’s collection win additionally took them again to No. 1 within the ICC’s Take a look at rankings, leapfrogging India, their upcoming opponents. They reached the summit for the primary time earlier this 12 months after beating Pakistan, earlier than India nudged previous them following their 3-1 collection win in opposition to England in March.
They made six modifications from the group that drew at Lord’s, with Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, and Mitchell Santner struggling elbow, again and finger niggles respectively, and Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson all rested forward of the primary occasion.
Latham stated that New Zealand count on to have a clear invoice of well being main into that remaining, and paid tribute to the energy in depth throughout the squad.
“It was wonderful from a personnel change of six guys. That hasn’t occurred for a very long time on this group and it has been a tough group to crack into. For all these guys to get that chance – Will Younger, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel – was implausible. They carried out their roles very well.
“[Watling and Williamson] are travelling fairly effectively. It was vital for them to get a bit of little bit of relaxation so as to be totally match heading into subsequent week. Fingers crossed we’ll have a fully-fit squad.”
As for the problem India will current, Latham stated that their performances on their tour of England in 2018 – albeit in a 4-1 collection defeat – demonstrated that they might be robust to beat on the Ageas Bowl.
“They have a implausible set of bowlers, [and] plenty of high quality batsmen which have scored runs in numerous circumstances all around the world. They have been over right here a number of years in the past and performed very well, so we all know we’ll need to play effectively to beat them.
“Our focus will shift to them in a few days. The preparation has been nice however it’s vital that we do shift our focus and adapt to a very completely different aspect.”
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98