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Thread: Tom Latham vs Hamish Rutherford

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    Tom Latham.
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    Neither should be near the test team at this stage in their careers.

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    Latham will probably debut first I guess although it won't be as an opener. If Guptill continues to stink up the opening spot then Rutherford should get a crack.


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    From the footage I've seen of Latham he looks talented, but definitely not ready to play Tests. He'll get in the side pretty soon though, IMO. Wouldn't be far off playing in the middle order.

    Rutherford, again from what I've seen, looks inconsistent and his technique doesn't appear to be fantastic. I'm guessing he's a bit of a confidence player - if he makes a start he'll keep going, but if the bowler picks up on the holes in his technique, he'd be gone early. Like an opening version of Marcus North.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike5181 View Post
    Neither should be near the test team at this stage in their careers.
    No doubt, but in a year or two. Who will make it first. Make a prediction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    From the footage I've seen of Latham he looks talented, but definitely not ready to play Tests. He'll get in the side pretty soon though, IMO. Wouldn't be far off playing in the middle order.

    Rutherford, again from what I've seen, looks inconsistent and his technique doesn't appear to be fantastic. I'm guessing he's a bit of a confidence player - if he makes a start he'll keep going, but if the bowler picks up on the holes in his technique, he'd be gone early. Like an opening version of Marcus North.
    Bang on re Rutherford. If he gets on top it's carnage.

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    It's Tom Latham, no question. He's already in the set-up. Very few - none I can actually think of - players who score FC double hundreds don't play subsequently for NZ..so Rutherford must be a good chance.

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    Both will play well before they're ready, be found out at international level and end up stuck in no man's land between Plunket Shield quality and Test quality, frustrated at the lack of opportunity to play a level of cricket that they're neither too good for or not good enough for.

    (Yes, I do realise that's not even remotely a big call)

    I think Latham will have some ODI success though if they don't move him up and down the order repeatedly or occasionally ask him to keep wicket.
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    Latham will make the test side first, because he's already debuted in another format and we are more likely to have a middle-order spot available (it feels weird saying that after years where the top 3 were always hopeless, but unless Guptill is really bad for a long period and someone is bashing the door down I'd be reluctant to resume the top-order merry-go-round). Latham's technique looks pretty suspect to me though. I've seen less of Rutherford's batting but liked what I've seen so far, so that's why I predicted he'd outscore Latham this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    No doubt, but in a year or two. Who will make it first. Make a prediction.
    Latham will definitely debut first.

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    good suggestion for poll joke option

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    good trivia answer one day too

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    I watched a bit of Rutherford's inning yesterday on the live stream. I was actually quite impressed with what I saw.

    The reason I should be impressed, was my pre-conceptions are I was still a bit doubtful about him - based on my impression of watching his double ton last season on the pooch player (a limited base to make judgements). My impression of his 200 was he was a bit streaky. Should have been out golden duck to Kuggeleijn, and then seemed to score 75% of his runs smacking the ball in an arc from third man to mid-off, with not much foot movement.

    Yesterday I thought he looked good. Fairly sold in defence, and he played some lovely straight, and off drives.

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