Dublin - New Zealand captain Tom Latham is still looking for
improvement when the Blackcaps aim for a clean sweep of victories in the final
match of the one-day international Tri-Series against Bangladesh in Clontarf on
An emphatic 190-run success against hosts Ireland at
Malahide on Sunday ensured the Blackcaps will win the trophy but for Latham the
important point was that a team missing many leading players was getting better
with every game.
"You try to improve each game and we did that
today," said Latham, who led from the front with a century against Ireland
as New Zealand continued their build-up to next month's Champions Trophy
tournament in England.
"You talk about each player doing their jobs and
playing their role and everybody did that today and that was the most pleasing
thing," said Latham who is filling in as skipper until Kane Williamson
returns from the Indian Premier League.
"We want to improve again against Bangladesh and give
the selectors plenty to think about going into the Champions Trophy."
The first two New Zealand players back from the IPL, Matt
Henry and Corey Anderson, played on Sunday with Henry the most successful
bowler, taking three for 36 as Ireland were dismissed for just 154 in response
to the Blackcaps' 344 for six.
"It was nice to have the experienced guys back from the
IPL and playing a part," added Latham. "That is important moving
forward to the Champions Trophy and hopefully they can contribute again in the
"But the players not in the Champions Trophy squad have
also competed and that's the most pleasing thing. They have come in and done
Latham made 104 from 111 balls, with nine fours and four
sixes against Ireland.
He received superb support all the way down the order -
every batsman who came in reached double figures - with Ross Taylor scoring his
second half century of the series with 57.
But it was Colin Munro who took the game away from Ireland
with a sensational 44 from 15 balls featuring three fours and four sixes - one
of them a switch hit off Ireland's fastest bowler, Peter Chase - as the
Blackcaps plundered 72 from the last four overs.
"He has done it before and it was great to see him do
it today," said Latham.
"Colin finished the game against Bangladesh with plenty
of time to spare and played a different role today.
"As that for that reverse sweep, I don't know how he
Ireland captain William Porterfield was left to lick his
side's wounds. "We were out-skilled and we have to improve on that as
players and look for more consistency," he said.
It doesn't help Ireland, who could be granted Test status
next month, that their next scheduled ODI is not until September when West
Indies visit Belfast for a one-off match.