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Tom Latham ready to embrace multiple roles for New Zealand

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Captain expects pitches in Pakistan to allow seamers to have a bigger role than they did in Bangladesh

Stand-in captain. Wicketkeeper. Middle-order accumulator. Middle-order power-hitter. Tom Latham had to juggle with multiple responsibilities in the recently concluded T20I series in Bangladesh. With Tom Blundell suffering a quad injury during that T20I series, Latham confirmed that he would continue to keep wicket in the ODI series in Pakistan. Latham embraced the additional roles, saying the other seniors in the group have eased the pressure off him.

“Each facet has had its difficulties, but that’s my role in the side,” Latham said during a virtual media interaction. “It’s important whether it’s batting it’s adapting to the situation, whereas from the captaincy point of view… we’re lucky we have a few leaders in the group and have tried to instill a bit of confidence into the guys and I trust them if they want to make changes, so yeah it has been an enjoyable time so far. Obviously, we quite didn’t get the series win that we wanted in Bangladesh, but the guys have been building really nicely over the last couple of weeks, adapting to conditions [in Bangladesh] and we’ve been doing the same here, adapting to conditions in Pakistan, so hopefully we can hit the ground running tomorrow.

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