Excited about a chance to play WTC final, but focused on Pakistan

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Plunket Shield at the start of the season was “great for the guys to get into that mode of the longer form,” says Latham

After their 2-0 series win over the Caribbean, New Zealand bolstered their chances of reaching the final of the World Test Championship. But while Tom Latham, who commanded them in the second Test in the absence of Kane Williamson, is excited about that “possibility,” he wants the side to look too far and focus on the upcoming Pakistan series – which starts on Friday with three T20Is , followed by two Tests – instead.

New Zealand (62.5%) is currently third on the WTC score – behind Australia (82.2%) and India (75.0%). If they defeat Pakistan as well by 2-0, they will push India to face favorites Australia at Lord’s next year. What worked in favor of New Zealand is that they play Pakistan at home as well, and would no longer travel to Bangladesh due to the Covid-19-forced schedule.