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Tom Latham focuses on first Test victory

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/07/2016

Black Caps opener Tom Latham was more focused on setting up his team for a first Test win against Zimbabwe than celebrating his fourth century for New Zealand.

The 24-year-old left-hander took 200 balls to reach his hundred just after tea on the second day, joining father Rod in reaching the 100-run milestone in Bulawayo.

Rod Latham's century came in 1992 in the drawn first Test, the stocky right-hander run out for 119.

His son reached 105 before he edged Hamilton Masakadza to wicketkeeper Brian Chari in the 73rd over at Queens Sports Club.

After dismissing Zimbabwe for 164 on the first day, New Zealand were 315-4 at stumps on day two, Latham's 105 and skipper Kane Williamson's 91 leading the way.

His father's milestone was the last thing on Tom Latham's mind.

"I'm very proud to get a hundred for New Zealand, and the fact that Dad's got one here as well is extra special," he said.

"I didn't know too much about that until I came off - I was more focused on getting the team into a good position, but at the end of the day it's a nice wee stat to have."

Latham said the most satisfying thing about his five-hour stint at the crease was the part it played in establishing two key partnerships.

Along with Martin Guptill, he put on 79 for the first wicket, then teamed up with Williamson in a 156-run stand for the second.

"It was important that we occupied the crease for a long time," Latham said.

"It's always nice when you manage to put a couple of big partnerships back-to-back, and we managed to do that."

The job wasn't done yet, he added, with the wicket expected to slow down and turn more.

"I think we're in a strong position, but there's still a lot of hard work to do tomorrow.

"If we can build another couple of big partnerships and increase that lead as much as possible, then we'll give ourselves a good chance with the ball."

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