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Tom Latham to join Durham in later half of 2017 season

Tom Latham has been in prolific form for New Zealand
Tom Latham has been in prolific form for New Zealand

Durham County Cricket Club has secured the services of New Zealand opening batsman Tom Latham for the second half of the 2017 season.

The 24-year-old will join the team following his commitments with the Black Caps in the Champions Trophy that kicks-off in June and will replace South Africa opening batsman Stephen Cook in the squad following his departure.

Apart from the County Championship, Latham will also be available to Durham in the Natwest T20 Blast as well.

The Canterbury batsman has already featured for Durham’s Academy & 2nd XI sides and is now looking forward for the 2017 season.

"I am really looking forward to another stint in county cricket in 2017,” Latham said.

“It is even more exciting to be returning to Durham, a club that I am familiar with having played for the academy back in 2010.

“I can't wait to get started with my new team mates and hope to be able to contribute positively both on and off the field."

In the recently concluded Test series against Bangladesh, Latham emerged the highest run-scorer with 302 runs from two matches at an average of 100.

Durham head coach Jon Lewis is pleased with Latham's signing.

“Tom is someone who we know well and we were very keen to renew the relationship.

“He has potential to build on his excellent record up to now and we are looking forward to welcoming him back to the club.”

Durham was relegated to Division Two of the County Championship as a result of ECB financial bailout.

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