New Zealand wicketkeeper Tom Latham is an injury doubt for the start of the Cricket World Cup due to injury. The 27-year-old is set for a few weeks on the sidelines after suffering a finger injury while keeping wicket earlier this month in a practice match against an Australian XI.
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Latham will now miss New Zealand’s next warm-up match against West Indies on May 28 and he faces a race against time to be available for the World Cup, with the Black Caps playing their first match in the tournament on June 1 against Sri Lanka.
Confirming the injury, captain Kane Williamson revealed: “Tom won’t be available for the first two warm-up games. We are hoping he progresses nice and quickly and we will have to address it as the days go by.” If Latham cannot prove his fitness, Tom Blundell – uncapped at ODI level as yet – is expected to be handed the gloves.