New Zealand Opener Tom Latham has won New Zealand Cricket’s top cricketing award the Redpath Cup as New Zealand’s best batsman. Tim Southee won the Windsor Cup as New Zealand’s best bowler for the first time since 2014.
The official Twitter handle of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) shared the glad tidings for Latham and Southee.
Tom Latham: Won The Trophy For The First time
Latham won the annual award for the first time, after scoring 608 runs in nine Tests at an average of 40.53, breaking a seven-year streak in which the trophy was won by either Kane Williamson or Ross Taylor.
Latham, who had a prolific run in 2019, had a best of 154 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August which helped New Zealand win the second test and level the two-match series.
Moreover, Latham was selected as an opener in the International Cricket Council’s World test team of 2019.
NZ cricket coach Gary Stead praised the players after the declaration of the winner of nation’s top cricketing Award.
“This season we faced some of the very best bowling attacks in the world and Tom was an absolute rock at the top for us,” Gary Stead said.
“The way we played our test cricket at home this summer was especially pleasing,” added Stead.
Southee: A Match Winner For NZ
The Windsor Cup, had either been won by either Trent Boult or Neil Wagner over the previous five seasons since 2014. This year’s winner Tim Southee took 40 wickets at an average of 21.47 in the awards period, contributing to test match wins over Sri Lanka in Colombo, England in Mount Maunganui and India in Wellington and Christchurch.
“To beat England first up was a great effort and then to perform so well against a very good Indian side was immensely satisfying,” NZ Coach hailed Tim Southee.
The New Zealand Cricket’s top award made international headlines on its second day too. On the first day of the Award ceremony, NZ cricket honored the most recognized voice and arguably the best man at the job, Ian Smith for his outstanding service.
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