Tom Latham is over in England again this Winter playing for the Durham County in his second consecutive season with them and is mainly playing in the One Day & Twenty20 competitions.
Here’s a bit of insight from Tom about his time over there so far and what he hopes to get out of it:
Playing for Durham in the UK again this season– How is the club environment?
The environment is great. It is very similar to the Canterbury environment where there are a lot of younger players mixed with some older guys that have plenty of experience, so its been an easy environment to be apart of.
What competitions are you playing in over there and when do they kick off? What’s the standard of cricket like?
I am playing all of the One Day competition as well as the Twenty20 competition and I play about three 4-day games in the middle of those competitions. We are currently playing the One Day competition where we have had 2 wins from 5 games. The standard is very similar to back home. In terms of the championship games the biggest difference is the change of ball from the Kookaburra to the Dukes ball. The white ball competitions are like ours back home. Now one-day cricket teams are aggressive in whatever they do and that is no different over here.
You’ve been over to the UK for a few seasons now – how does this help your game?
I guess for me its about trying to get as much experience as quick as possible and playing county cricket is a great way of doing that. The amount of cricket that they play in a short space of time is great, and as a batter you know your going to get a couple of opportunities a week to have a bat and try make a contribution. Getting to know your game as a batsman as soon as possible is very important and seeing the way guys go about things over here is good to try learn from. Your always trying to improve in some way so getting different ideas from guys in different countries is important for that.
The other thing is trying to get familiar to the UK conditions. Obviously with a World Cup being played over here next year getting more of an idea for these conditions is important and if I’m lucky enough to be picked in that side then hopefully playing in these conditions will hold me in good stead.
What are you looking forward to the most during your time over there?
I guess just getting back into some cricket and playing some white ball cricket to push that side of my game forward. With myself being in a new role in One Day cricket I want to try learn a bit more about how to play in that position and by doing so over here hopefully I can make some contributions along the way. Batting in the middle order in One Day cricket can be completely different every time you go out to bat so getting used to different situations and adapting the way I need to play will hopefully help me in the future.
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