Selectors want more from Latham

23 February 2018 05:33:15 EST

New Zealand are persevering with Tom Latham as their wicketkeeper in ODIs, despite his poor run of scores on home soil.

Latham's regarded as the Black Caps' No.1 gloveman in white-ball games, but selectors admit they'd like him to start making bigger scores.

He will play his 70th ODI against England in Hamilton on Sunday hoping to change his luck on New Zealand pitches - since the start of last year, his ODI average on home soil is 10.91 from 12 innings.

That contrasts with the success he's had overseas - last year he scored 463 ODI runs at 77.17 away from home, playing as captain and opener in the tri-series in Ireland and being wicketkeeper and batting No.5 in India.

Selector Gavin Larsen said he wasn't worried by the discrepancy between Latham's form home and away.

"Any batsman who is a little light on runs, when they're classy players like Tom, you want those runs to be just around the corner. We're very positive that will be the case with him," he added.

"He's a classy player and we've seen what he can do in test match cricket, and what he has produced in ODI cricket against very good bowlers offshore. We're just waiting for him to flick the switch in New Zealand."

Larsen said Blundell, Tim Seifert and another T20 debutant Glenn Phillips remained wicketkeeping "works in progress".

The Black Caps will stick with Blundell for the first two matches of the five-match series against England, he said, and then make another decision.

"We believe he's the best white-ball keeper in New Zealand and that's one of the prime reasons he's in this one-day squad," added Larsen. "He's been striking the ball really well and just hasn't kicked on to big scores."

New Zealand's only change to the squad that secured a 5-0 whitewash against Pakistan is the recall of leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

The Black Caps are 11/10 to win the first game against England, who are 8/11.

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