Latham Defends New Zealand’s Batters’ Approach

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Latham Defends New Zealand’s Batters’ Approach"The more you play in these parts of the world, the more you learn and the more you're able to grow your game."

New Zealand captain Tom Latham has defended the approach of his batters in the second Test at Mumbai. New Zealand were bowled out for 62 in the first innings and for 167 in the second innings. Over the course of the second innings, the aggressive approach taken in vain by a few batters had come in for criticism.

Latham suggested that the plan was to try and reverse the pressure that the Indian spinners were putting on the batters.

“I think so, in these conditions you cant just allow them to bowl. they're very good, very accurate and don't give you much to hit. For us, it is about putting a little bit more pressure on them to get a few more fielders away from the bat because you know they don't miss that often. So for us, it is about guys having a certain plan and then sticking to that. Unfortunately, if you had a plan and you're getting out, then that's just the game, that's just cricket. And so it's up to each individual on how they want to approach their innings,” said Latham in his post-match press conference on Monday (December 6).

Ross Taylor was one of the batters who had tried to attack nearly every ball of his eight-ball stay before miscuing a loft off Ashwin. Asked about Taylor's approach, in particular, Latham said, “Ross obviously had the approach where he wanted to try and put their bowlers under pressure. And you certainly need to do that. Subcontinent players tend to take people out from around the bat pretty quickly. And unfortunately for Ross, it didn't quite work out for him, pretty sure that's the plan Ross had heading into that innings.”

Similarly, Latham also put down the 62 all-out in the first innings to a really bad day out. “One of the things in cricket where everything you do, doesn't seem to work,” said Latham. “And I think it's one of the days that happens in cricket, and it's happened with teams all around the world. Unfortunately, it was our time. And things didn't quite unfold quite the way we'd have wanted to. So you got to take a lot of learnings from it and I think the way we were able to come out in the second innings, guys sort of changed their gameplan a little bit and a put little bit more pressure on the bowlers. And as we know here in India the longer you go, throughout the match the harder it gets to bat,” he added.

Latham also felt that the entire group would come off better from the experience of playing in these conditions, even as a few of the less experienced batters managed to make an impact through the series.

“Yeah, you're right, those three guys you just mentioned [Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell], pretty sure it's their first time to this part of the world, and for them to step up in different times in the match and over two games, and make contributions throughout the Test series is great for depth of New Zealand cricket. The more you play in these parts of the world, the more you learn and the more you're able to grow your game. Obviously very pleasing for those guys. But also for everyone else, there are learnings to take and next time we're in these conditions or similar conditions and hope those learnings are put to practice next time,” said the stand-in captain who was also pleased with improvements over the two innings.

“I think from our point of view, something we always talk about is the character and the effort that the group puts in. Obviously, when you get bowled out for 60 it puts you behind the eight ball. But something we talk about is the character and try to have a presence and try to put in as much effort as you can. And I certainly think we've done that over the last four days. And take the first innings out of it, it becomes a little bit of a different story. Certainly, something that I cant fault with this group at all,” he said.

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