New Zealand vice-captain and the wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham will miss all the pre-World Cup warm-up matches due to injury.
Ahead of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, all the ten participating teams will play two warm-up matches between 24 and 28 May. New Zealand will play their two warm-up games against India and Windies. On 25th May, New Zealand will face India at The Oval (London). Later, on 28th May, New Zealand will play against Windies at Bristol.
On Thursday (23rd May), New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has confirmed Tom Latham’s unavailability news for the upcoming warm-up matches.
Williamson said in the press-conference, “Tom won’t be available for the first two warm-up games. We are hoping he progresses nice and quickly and we will have to address it as the days go by.”
Tom Latham recently received an injury on his finger during the three-match unofficial ODI series against Australia XI. His presence in the upcoming warm-up matches was doubtful due to that injury and Williamson has now confirmed this news.
New Zealand will begin their 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup journey on 1st June. In their first match of this tournament, New Zealand will face Sri Lanka at Cardiff. However, Williamson hasn’t clarified whether Latham will be available for that match or not.
Meanwhile, the uncapped ODI wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell is likely to feature in the warm-up matches.
The guys are excited to be back in camp which is really refreshing – Kane Williamson
Thursday was the Captain’s Day where all the ten captains were present in an open press conference.
While most of the World Cup teams were recently busy to playing some ODIs, New Zealand played their last ODI on 20th February against Bangladesh at Dunedin. Since last March, they haven’t played an international match.
Talking about team’s present condition, Williamson said that the Kiwi players are excited about the World Cup challenge.
Williamson said, “It’s been great get together for the last few days.
“We’ve not played together for a couple of months but we’re not the only ones in that boat. The guys are excited to be back in camp which is really refreshing, and we’re looking forward to the challenges that we have got coming up.”
England and Wales are ready to host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. A total of top ten ODI teams will participate in this tournament.
New Zealand’s best record in the Cricket World Cup history is finishing as the runners-up. In the previous edition (2015), New Zealand reached the final for the first time, but they lost that final against Australia.