ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand's Tom Latham to miss warm-up matches due to injury, uncapped Tom Blundell named replacement

New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham will miss the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 two warm-up matches against India and West Indies on 25 May and 28 respectively due to injury.

Asian News International, May 24, 2019 12:05:16 IST

Dubai: New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham will miss the two ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up matches against India and West Indies on 25 May and 28 respectively due to injury.

Uncapped back-up Tom Blundell is set to keep the wickets.

File picture of Tom Latham. AP

File image of Tom Latham. AP

"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," ICC quoted Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, as saying on Thursday, while confirming the news at the Captains' Day in London.

The gloveman sustained an injury to his finger during a match against Australia XI, before flying to the UK for the round-robin format World Cup.

Initially, it was understood that Latham would play in the second warm-up, however, now he has been ruled out of the warm-up against West Indies as well.

Moreover, it is not clear whether Latham will be fit for New Zealand's opening World Cup match against Sri Lanka on 1 June, ICC reported.

Williamson also said that he is pleased to have the New Zealand squad back together as the team last played an ODI against Bangladesh in February.

"It's been great get together for the last few days. We've not played together for a couple of months but we're not the only ones in that boat. The guys are excited to be back in the camp which is really refreshing, and we're looking forward to the challenges that we have got coming up," the skipper said.

Updated Date: May 24, 2019 12:05:16 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254