World Cup 2019: Tom Latham ruled out of New Zealand warm-up ties vs India, West Indies

first_imgWicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham will miss New Zealand’s World Cup warm-up matches against India and West Indies due to injury, skipper Kane Williamson has confirmed.Latham picked up an injury to his finger while wicket-keeping in a match against an Australia XI, prior to flying out to England and Wales for the imminent tournament. It was initially anticipated that he would return for the Black Caps’ second warm-up match against West Indies on 28 June, however, it is now apparent he will also be absent for both that game and the first warm-up against India on 25 May.It was initially expected that he would be available to play in the second warm-up game against West Indies on May 28. But on Thursday, Williamson confirmed that the wicketkeeper-batsman will not be available for both the practice games.”Tom won’t be available for the first two warm-up games,” quoted Williamson as saying at the Captains’ Day where captains from all 10 competing nations congregated for an open press conference.”We are hoping he progresses nice and quickly and we will have to address it as the days go by,” he added.It is also not clear whether the left-handed batsman would be available for the New Zealand’s opening match at the World Cup against Sri Lanka on June 1.Uncapped back-up keeper Tom Blundell is likely to replace him.Williamson, at the Captain’s Day, also expressed how pleased he was to have the squad back together, with New Zealand having last played an ODI on 19 February against Bangladesh. “It’s been great get together for the last few days,” he said.advertisement”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 the camp which is really refreshing, and we’re looking forward to the challenges that we have got coming up.”Also Read | Alex Hales, snubbed for World Cup 2019, bags big deal at Caribbean Premier LeagueAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Dhawan starts singing while waiting outside Bumrah’s roomAlso Seelast_img read more