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Australia‘s star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell gatecrashed New Zealand‘s opener Tom Latham‘s press conference ahead of the series finale of Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2017. The third and final One-Day International (ODI) will be played at Hamilton s Seddon Park on Saturday. After a cracking contest in the opener and a washed out match in the second ODI, the third ODI is expected to produce another intense game. Ahead of the clash, Maxwell and Latham played down the competitiveness and eased out the environment in the press conference. Maxwell could not pass the opportunity to put Latham under the pump and threw some hard-hitting questions at the Black Caps opener. Full Cricket Scorecard, New Zealand vs Australia, 3rd ODI at Hamilton

Maxwell was quick to remind Latham that the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy is currently in Australia s possession, after the Aussies had whitewashed Kiwis 3-0 series in home last December. The first question directed towards Latham reminded him of the humiliation Kane Williamson’s side faced in Australia and how important is it for them to win the last game. Latham responded, Obviously it s very important Maxi, we would really like to have that Chappell-Hadlee back so a good performance tomorrow and hopefully we can keep it in New Zealand.

Maxwell continued his grilling, making sure Latham was aware of the situation Australia faced heading into a must-win ODI: The Aussies are known for scrapping and their backs are against the wall at the moment, how hard to do you reckon they’re going to come out tomorrow? Latham replied, Australia are obviously a very high class side, they’re number one in the world at the moment. I think we always know when we play them they ll be very challenging and hostile. That s the typically Aussie way they play, so hopefully we can negate that and put a good performance on the board.

Unable to rattle the Kiwi opener, Maxwell changed tact, complimenting the makeshift wicketkeeper s skills. You ve been compared to Adam Gilchrist with your wicketkeeping and left-hand opening batsman skills, how does that sit with you right now, asked Maxwell. Latham was quick to play down the comparison but, on the other hand, was happy to take the compliment. That s the first time I ve heard it but I ll take that. I m probably not as attacking as Adam Gilchrist but he s someone I idolised growing up, so I’ll take that , replied the 24-year-old.

With this, Maxwell ended his impromptu question-and-answer session and walked ahead towards the nets. Earlier this week, Maxwell and Latham were also involved in recreating the infamous underarm delivery, between both sides in 1981, to mark it’s 36th anniversary.