Tom Latham: New Zealand “weren’t at their best” in huge loss to Bangladesh

Kiwis stand-in skipper Tom Latham acknowledged that New Zealand “weren’t at their best” in their huge loss to Bangladesh.

New Zealand’s streak of controlling Test games came to an end at the hands of a valiant Bangladesh teams, who gave the Black Caps a reality check. It was Bangladesh’s first Test victory against the Kiwis, and arguably their most monumental Test win in many years.

Latham’s men resumed the second innings from an already perilous position of 147-5, and ended up being bundled out for 169. Ebadot Hussain was the assassin for Bangladesh, taking six wickets and giving away 46 runs in just 21 overs. The rest of the match was a cakewalk for his team.

Deputising for the injured Kane Williamson, Latham admitted that New Zealand “weren’t at their best” in their huge loss to Bangladesh, and paid respect to the tourists for their commanding win.

“It was obviously a disappointing performance,” he said, as quoted by Stuff.  

“From day one, the position we were in at lunchtime and from then on we certainly weren’t at our best, where we know we can be. Losing 5-70 on day two didn’t allow us to get to that 400-450 mark.

NZ’s Tim Southee is bowled during his side's second innings.
Tim Southee (pictured) is bowled during his side’s second innings. Source: PHOTOSPORT

“Bangladesh showed exactly how to operate on a first innings and pushed themselves in front of the game and then put us under pressure. Full respect to them, they outplayed us throughout the five days.”

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“The way they were able to come in and bash a length, and they managed to get the ball to reverse as well, which I guess is always hard when you first come in as a batter,” he continued.

“That’s the beauty of putting a big first innings total on the board – the bowlers get time to rest up and time to hit that second innings hard. I guess that showed with our bowlers … we were out there for 170 overs and you do get tired.

“It was a passionate performance from them – they got a sniff and took every chance when the game was on the line.”

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