Tom Latham Biography
Born on 2nd April 1992 in Canterbury, New Zealand, Thomas William Latham is an international cricketer who plays for the New Zealand national team. The left-handed batsman is brilliant with his knocks and can also play as a wicket-keeper. He has played 32 Test matches, 54 ODIs and 12 T20Is till date.
Tom Latham is the son of former Kiwi cricketer Rod Latham. Having played a lot of youth cricket for Canterbury, Tom also captained the Canterbury U-19 side and for Canterbury A team for the 2008 season.
He made his debut for Canterbury in the 2010-11 Plunket Shield and was a part of the U-19 New Zealand side for the 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup.
Latham made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in January 2012 and scored 24 runs. The same year he also made his T20 debut against West Indies, during which he was deployed as a wicket-keeper.
His Test debut was against India in 2014 where he replaced Ross Taylor. Even though he failed to impress with his debut, he scored two consecutive centuries in a Test against Pakistan in 2014.
Rise to Glory
Thomas first came into prominence when he struck a magnificent 130 off 119 balls against Wellington in 2012 in a List A game, after which he was called for the ODI against Zimbabwe. During the New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, he smashed 86 off 63 balls to ensure win for his team and was also awarded the Man of the Match.
Latham toured the West Indies in June 2014, playing in all three Tests and two T20s, during which he scored three half-centuries and 288 runs in total. He scored his first test century against Pakistan in November 2014, hitting 103 runs.
Tom’s ability to play spin bowling showed in the recent New Zealand tour of India on October 2017, when he hit a blistering knock of 103 from 102 balls against the feared Indian spinners to save his team from defeat.
Tom Latham has cemented his position in the team as an opener with some impressive performances over the years, and his calmness while wicket-keeping have him dubbed as the potential replacement for Brendon McCullum in the long haul.
Appointed as the captain of New Zealand national team at the age of 25, Tom Latham has done well, having captained in 6 matches and winning 5 of them.