Tom Latham remained unbeaten on 137 on Day One of the second Test © Getty Images
Tom Latham remained unbeaten on 137 on Day One of the second Test © Getty Images

Nov 17, 2014

Craig McMillan, the former New Zealand batsman, complemented Tom Latham for his unbeaten ton on Day One of the second Test against Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. After batting first, New Zealand finished Day One on 243 for three, with Latham finishing unbeaten on 137 not out.

“This was something that we really needed at the top of the order. He has come through really good; excellent actually. It was a terrific knock. He is a special talent and he has backed up his effort in the first Test. He is a player who is disciplined in his gameplan and his approach. He knows his key areas where he can hit the ball, and he defends soundly. I also thought his concentration throughout the day was very good,” McMillan was quoted in Sport360.

McMillan said that New Zealand have to play well during the morning session on Day Two to consolidate their position in the Test match. “What we have done today is laid the platform, but I am sure Pakistan will come back hard at us tomorrow morning. We have build up on this. We know that first session tomorrow is going to be key. If we can get through that, we can hopefully put together 450-plus total and put them under the same pressure that they put us under in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

Latham had made his Test debut against India earlier this year in Wellington. Having started his Test career with a duck, Latham has made rapid strides since then So far, he has hit three fifties and two centuries.

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