Excited about possibility of playing WTC final, but focused on Pakistan


Plunket Shield at start of the season was “great for the guys to get into that mode of the longer form”, says Latham

After their thumping 2-0 series sweep over West Indies, New Zealand have strengthened their chances of making to the final of the World Test Championship. But while Tom Latham, who captained them in the second Test in the absence of Kane Williamson, is excited about that “possibility”, he wants the side to look too far ahead and focus on the upcoming Pakistan series – which begins on Friday with three T20Is, followed by two Tests – instead.

New Zealand (62.5%) are currently third on the WTC points table – behind Australia (82.2%) and India (75.0%). If they beat Pakistan by 2-0 as well, they will be pushing India to face favourites Australia at Lord’s next year. What has worked in New Zealand’s favour is they play Pakistan at home as well, and wouldn’t be travelling to Bangladesh anymore due to the Covid-19-enforced schedule rejig.

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