Tom Latham
Tom Latham Credits: Twitter

Tom Latham will captain New Zealand in one-day internationals against Sri Lanka with a host of Kiwis stars released to participate in the Indian Premier League. The three-match series begins on March 25 and ends on March 31, the same day the 2023 IPL season kicks off.

Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Devon Conway, and Mitchell Santner will be released after the current Test series against Sri Lanka, whereas Finn Allen, Lockie Ferguson, and Glenn Phillips will leave the squad after playing the first ODI on March 25.

Canterbury’s Chad Bowes and Auckland Ace Ben Lister are the two uncapped players in the squad. Tom Blundell and Will Young are making a comeback into the ODI side. New Zealand Coach Gary Stead gave his view on the team’s selection and said.

“It’s always exciting as a coach to have new players in the environment and to have players putting their hands up to be selected again in a particular format. We are set to play 16 white ball matches between now and the start of May so there will be a number of chances for players to test themselves in familiar and unfamiliar conditions.”

Earlier on Monday, Williamson guided New Zealand to a thrilling last-ball win over Sri Lanka in the first Test on a rain-disrupted final day in Christchurch. New Zealand is currently leading the Test series 1-0 and will look to continue its dominance in the second test as well.

New Zealand Squad: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen (1st ODI), Tom Blundell, Chad Bowes, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman (2nd and 3rd ODI), Lockie Ferguson (1st ODI), Matt Henry, Ben Lister (2nd and 3rd ODI), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls (2nd and 3rd ODI), Glenn Phillips (1st ODI), Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young.

Tom Latham completes 5,000 runs in Test cricket

Tom Latham become only the seventh batter for New Zealand to surpass the landmark. Latham was the second NZ opener to reach the 5,000-run mark after Wright (5,260). Tom Latham has scored 7129 runs from 73 matches at an average of 41.7 and has been a vital cog for New Zealand in Test Cricket.

New Zealand Cricket Team
New Zealand Cricket Team Credits: Twitter

Tom Latham will look to lead this young-looking kiwis side against Sri Lanka. The ODI series will kickstart on March 25 in Auckland after the completion of the second Test. The second and third ODIs will be held in Christchurch and Hamilton respectively on March 28 and 31.