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Bangladesh-New Zealand Series

Latham hails Kiwi batters for Test win


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New Zealand captain Tom Latham lauded the team’s effort and he was pleased with his team's scoring rate during the Test series.

“After getting put in first thing in the morning when we definitely would have bowled, to make that significant contribution at that point of time, was really good for us," Latham said.

"We were focusing on each partnership. Will Young and Devon Conway played really well. We spoke about doing things for longer than what we did at the Mount [Maunganui Test], I thought we did that really well,” he said.

Latham made 252 runs with 34 fours and two sixes. He frequently played the pull shots throughout the innings and said it came "naturally" to him when batting.

"I was trying to execute strong positions. As we have seen here, you can score quickly due to more pace and bounce. It wasn't a conscious effort to go after the short ball but it certainly happened a little bit naturally. Perhaps I was able to execute (more shots) down the ground and through the off-side,”

New Zealand scored at more than four runs an over as they posted 521 for 6 in the first innings. He believes the mammoth total put Bangladesh under a lot of pressure, in the second Test in Christchurch.

"The rate that I scored at was probably most pleasing, being able to put them under pressure. (We could) ask them to come back for spell after spell, I thought we three guys - myself, Will Young and Devon Conway - did that well on the first day," he added.