NEWS in brief

Black Caps confident of Tom Latham’s fitness

1 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

New Zealand wicket-keeper Tom Latham came through his sternest test yet as he continues his race against time to be fit for his country’s first Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 fixture, reports

Latham had been a doubt for his side’s opening game after breaking his finger during a warm-up game in Australia earlier this month.

While he is yet to play a game since the injury, the 27-year-old took full part in a training session on Thursday, 30 May, and remains on track to be available for selection for New Zealand’s first World Cup game, against Sri Lanka on Saturday, 1 June.

“He’s probably slightly ahead of time,” said Gary Stead, the New Zealand head coach. “So far Tom’s reached all the milestones that we’ve wanted him to, and today was another step, taking balls with more heat on them and making him dive and jump around a wee bit more.”