Latham happy to lead Durham

03 July 2018 08:40:28 EST

Tom Latham will lead Durham Jets in this season's Vitality T20 Blast and is looking forward to doing so on home turf.

The Jets start their Twenty20 campaign on Thursday with a trip to Headingley where they will face a Yorkshire side missing their England white-ball quintet of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey, plus their single overseas player, Latham's New Zealand team-mate Kane Williamson.

Durham, meanwhile, are boosted by the inclusion of Ben Stokes as a batsman and the arrival of South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir.

However, it is the return fixture eight days later that the Black Caps left-hander Latham has his eye on.

"We're looking forward to getting in front of our home supporters after two games on the road to start. The atmosphere when we beat Yorkshire last year was as good as I've played in," the 26-year-old said.

"I'm excited to lead the side again in the Blast. I feel like we're improving as a unit all the time and the experience of captaining in the recent one-day competition will only help.

"We have to be ambitious and get on a roll from the start. With the fixtures coming thick and fast, getting into form early on will give us a great chance of reaching the knockout stages."

Durham reached the final two years ago - after beating Yorkshire in the semi-final at Edgbaston - only to lose to Northamptonshire in the showpiece encounter.

The Jets are 1212/1 to win the T20 Blast title this summer, with Yorkshire 1212/1 and Lancashire 5/2.

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