Full name Thomas William Maxwell Latham
Born April 2, 1992, Christchurch, Canterbury
Major teams New Zealand, Scotland, Canterbury, Canterbury Second XI, Canterbury Under-19s, Durham 2nd XI, New Zealand A, New Zealand Under-19s
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Bat Weight 2.9 lbs
The son of former allrounder Rod Latham, Tom Latham played varied roles for New Zealand since his international debut at the age of 19. He batted in every position from No. 1 to 9 in limited-overs cricket, and also took on the responsibility of being a reserve wicketkeeper. In Tests, however, Latham was primarily used as an opening batsman, and he quickly settled into a position New Zealand had trouble filling for years.
Latham had been part of New Zealand's Under-19 World Cup squad in 2010 and later that year he played first-class cricket for Canterbury. In 2012, he made his debut in ODIs and Twenty20 internationals and was shuffled up and down the order for a while but did not cement his spot.
Following an impressive domestic season, Latham played his first Test, against India in Wellington, in February 2014 and was picked as an opener for the tour of West Indies a few months later. In the Caribbean, he reeled off three successive half-centuries, contributing to an overseas series win. Against Pakistan in the UAE that November, Latham scored centuries in successive Tests, the first New Zealand batsman to do so for 24 years.
He was included in New Zealand's 2015 World Cup squad, but did not get a game as Brendon McCullum's team finished runners-up. However, New Zealand rested several first-choice players from the tour to Africa later that year, and Latham cashed in: he made his maiden ODI hundred in Zimbabwe, and scored three successive half-centuries in South Africa - all while opening the batting. He had had only one 50-plus score in his first 26 ODI innings. While Latham remained a reserve batsman it the shorter formats, New Zealand seemed to have figured out that he is best used at the top of the order.
Latham recently finished unbeaten on 264 against Sri Lanka — a world record for an opener carrying their bat through a completed innings.