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Kiwis opener Latham gets Ganguly's advice

Tom Latham would looking forward to giving New Zealand a good start against the Indians at the Eden Gardens.

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Tom Latham played a promising innings of 58 during New Zealand’s 1st innings of the 1st Test vs India

Kolkata Sep 29 (IANS) New Zealand opener Tom Latham on Thursday received guidance from former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly on how to counter off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

The 24-year-old Latham, who failed to get the better of India star spinner in both innings in the first Test, went up to Ganguly to seek advice during the Kiwis' practice session at the Eden Gardens on Thursday, the eve of India's second Test match with the Black Caps, CAB sources said.

Ganguly was spotted inspecting the pitch a number of times throughout the day, instructing the groundsmen to further remove the grass coating on the 22-yard strip. It was then, it is learnt, that Latham pressed the help button and approached the southpaw.

"Latham came to me. He said that Ashwin's deliveries (in the first match) were repeatedly hitting his pads. I then advised him how to cope with the problem," Ganguly said.

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