Both England and New Zealand would be pretty content of how the first day’s play of the Hamilton Test panned out. But one man, who stood out at the Seddon Park was southpaw Tom Latham courtesy his 11th century in the longer format. In only 54.3 overs of play, the Black Caps managed a reasonable 173 for the loss of three wickets. Rain played spoilsport in the latter part of the day.
Broad and Woakes make inroads for England
England’s decision to field first paid dividends to start with. Stuart Broad struck first blood, dismissing opener Jeet Raval. The speedster found the batter’s outside edge and Joe Root took the catch at first slip. Six overs later, Chris Woakes came to the party, getting rid of Kane Williamson. Both Raval and Kane perished in single digits and the Kiwis found themselves at 39/2 in 14 overs.
Thereafter, Tom Latham (101*) and Ross Taylor (53) put their heads down and took the Kiwis to Lunch with the score at 86/2 in 28 overs. In the meantime, Latham got to his half-century in 87 balls to restore sanity. The duo carried on with the good work even in the second session. Just when it seemed that they will play out the second session without a hiccup, Woakes broke the stand.
Latham remains unscathed
Just after he got to his fifty off 99 balls, Taylor tried to drive Woakes on the up. To his dismay, he could only manage a nick and Root grasped the leather in the slip cordon. Latham and Taylor put on a significant 116 runs for the third wicket in 33.4 overs. It was then the turn of Henry Nicholls to join Latham in the middle. Amidst some competitive cricket, rain halted proceedings at around 4:00 pm.
The conditions never improved and around an hour and 15 minutes, play was called off for the day. Prior to the rain delay, Latham notched his ton off 159 balls and he will have a big task at hand on the second day. The partnership between him and Nicholls is 18 off 41 balls. For the Brits, Sam Curran was disappointing as he conceded 38 runs in nine overs. Jofra Archer went wickeless as well.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the day’s play
The Hamilton Pitch is a road … #Nuffsaid #NZvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 28, 2019
Does anyone in the @englandcricket set up know how to read a pitch? Cos it's hard to pick the right team if you can't…altho you can't need 5 seamers…almost ever!
— Alan Butcher (@abutch58) November 29, 2019
Hats off Tommy 🎩 Test century number 1️⃣1️⃣ 👏👏👏#NZvENG #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/V8whdXcfuk
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 29, 2019
So good to see Tom Latham finally fulfilling his potential. I've been saying from last 2 years that he's a class batsman. Elegant & technically equipped. Proficient against both pace & spin. 5 tons (including one double) in last innings. Overall, 11 Test tons already. @Tomlatham2
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) November 29, 2019
Tom Latham is class. #NZvENG
— bowl fast (@Thanos17666266) November 28, 2019
Has anyone signed Tom Latham up for the County Championship yet? If not, Lancashire get on the phone. Class. #HopingToJinx #NZvENG
— Callum Flynn (@CallumFlynn4) November 28, 2019
The legend in the test format is making
4 tons & 1 double ton in last 10 innings from Tom Latham 😲
His technique is solíd against both spin and pace & timing is fantastic 👌
Seriously @BLACKCAPS are blessed to have these kind of players in their armor #NZvENG#ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/Pq0pBcTuh3
— Captain Kane (@SteadyTheShip) November 29, 2019
#NZvENG the @BBCCricketNews report says that the technology revealed that Taylor got an inside edge. The problem was that it didnt. The third umpire saw something nobody else did. Simply baffling.. 🤔
— Terry (@Williewoose) November 29, 2019
21 – Joe Root has taken the most catches (21) of any non-wicketkeeper in men's Tests in 2019; in fact, only Steven Smith (107) has made more catches in the field than Root (106) since the Englishman made his Test debut. Assured.#NZvENG pic.twitter.com/hxhTvGlyoP
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) November 29, 2019
3 – Tom Latham has now scored three Test centuries in 2019,
In the last 10 test innings runs – 953 outstanding form 👏👌 #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/bKhWnrFy7v
— Raghava (@Raghava4mahesh) November 29, 2019
Pitch is too flat to be dropping catches, have to take every chance #NZvENG
— Michael (@Mikeyyy25) November 29, 2019
Most hundreds by a test opener since last year:-
5 – TOM LATHAM
3 – Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma
2 – Kraigg Brathwaite, Dean Elgar, Dimuth Karunaratne, Aiden Markram, Kusal Mendis.#NZvENG
— ICC Live Cricket (@ICC2_Live) November 29, 2019
Tom Latham scores a magnificent hundred. If your team has scored 173 and you are scoring 101 out of that, you know you've played a special innings. #NZvENG #NZvsENG
— Shantanu Smart (@smartshantanu) November 29, 2019
That's it from Hamilton, Kiwis will be happier side and England will be hurting that drop catch of Latham by Big Ben Stokes. New Zealand 173 for 3, Latham 101*.#NZvENG
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) November 29, 2019
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