NZ focusing on Pakistan, not potential World Test Championship final


New Zealand stand-in captain Tom Latham said on Monday their sole focus was the upcoming Test series against Pakistan despite their 2-0 sweep of West Indies putting them in contention for a place in next year’s World Test Championship (WTC) final.

New Zealand moved into third place in the table for the World Test Championship when they completed an innings and 12-run victory over West Indies in the second Test at the Basin Reserve after having already decimated Jason Holder’s side by an innings and 134 runs in the opening Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton last week.

The top two sides face each other in the final at Lord’s next year. The two ahead of New Zealand, Australia and India, will start a four-match series in Adelaide on Thursday.

“When you look too far ahead you can sometimes get caught out,” Latham, who stood in for the absent Kane Williamson at the Basin Reserve, told reporters. “Our focus will shift to Pakistan and whatever happens post that we’ll assess. The goal at the start of the Test championship was to get to that final, and if we play well we give ourselves a chance and it may be a possibility.”