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Adaptability the key against Australia - Tom Latham

Adaptability the key against Australia - Tom Latham
Tom Latham feels that adaptability to the Australian conditions will be the key when the Black Caps face their trans-Tasman rivals for a three-match Test series in November.
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New Zealand batsman Tom Latham feels that adaptability to the Australian conditions will be the key when the Black Caps face their Trans-Tasman rivals for a three-match Test series in November.

The 2015 World Cup finalists last faced each other in a Test series when New Zealand toured Australia in December 2011. 

In the 2011 Trans-Tasman Trophy, New Zealand managed to win the second Test in Hobart to level the two-match series 1-1.

Latham feels that with more pace and bounce, the Australian conditions will be different to what New Zealand are generally used to at home.

“It’s about finding a way to play in different conditions as quickly as possible,” Latham told cricket.com.au.

“We’re going to have to adapt when we get over there.

“Obviously conditions will be different to what we’re used to, with a bit more pace and bounce."

Since the last Trans-Tasman Trophy, there have been a few changes to the New Zealand squad, but the core of the squad remains pretty much the same. 

Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Trent Boult and Tim Southee have all played Test matches in Australia.

Latham opined that the youngsters like him will rely on the experience of the senior players to acclimatise themselves to the Australian conditions.

“We’ll be talking to our senior players who have played a little bit over there and try to get a bit of knowledge about what it’s like playing over there.

“So it’s another test, we’ll have to play differently there.

“If we can work that out in the warm-up games, and then (take those lessons) into the Tests, we’ll give ourselves a good chance.” 

The 23-year-old is pretty confident that if New Zealand can continue to play the way they have been playing over the last few years, they will be successful in Australia.

“The cricket we’ve been playing the last couple of years has got us some good results.

“Hopefully we can lean on that experience.

“We’re certainly confident.

“We know we’ve got a good side and if we turn up for the three Tests, then we’ll give ourselves a good chance of being successful.

“We haven’t won over there for a while but the last time we were there we managed to win that Test in Hobart and draw the series, so hopefully we can go one better this time and win the series.” 

Australia on the other hand, have a handful of players remaining from the squad of the 2011 series.

After the 2015 Ashes loss, the Australian seniors like Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, and Chris Rogers have retired, putting the team through a transitionary phase.

However, Latham is not taking his opposition lightly as he knows that the Australian team will be very strong in home conditions.

“As we’ve seen in the past, the Aussies in their home conditions are a very good side.

“Yes, they’ve had a few retirements and there’s a few different faces, but we know they’re going to be a massive challenge and they’re going to push us every step of the way.

“So I wouldn’t say it’s going to be any easier.

“It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.” 

This edition of the Trans-Tasman Trophy will be etched in the history books as the first series to feature a day-night Test match played with a pink ball.

Excited at the opportunity to play the day-night Test match, Latham hoped that the team can get enough practice under the lights before the game.

“It’s exciting.

“There’s history to be made there and we’ve got plenty of warm-up games with the pink ball leading into that (third Test), so hopefully we’ll be able to see how it reacts under lights and during the day.

“We need to get a little bit of information from the ball but at the end of the day it’s still round and you’ve still got to hit it and catch it.” 

It has been more than 25 years since New Zealand beat Australia in a Test series, with the last victory coming in the 1990 Trans-Tasman Trophy. 

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