Latham ready for pink ball challenge


Tom Latham is hoping to go down as the first player to face a delivery with a pink ball in a Test match when New Zealand face Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

The Trans-Tasman rivals will make history when they compete in the first day-night Test - and the final game of the three-match series.

Black Caps opening batsman Latham is looking forward to the occasion as the tourists attempt to salvage a 1-1 draw by winning the third Test, which starts on Friday.

"It's obviously pretty exciting to have that many people there for this historic Test and I think it's going to be a great fixture," he said on Tuesday.

"It's a massive occasion for us and Australia and, flying over the stadium yesterday, it was pretty cool to see it first hand and it'll be pretty cool to get there tomorrow.

"From the sounds of things, and going by what I've heard about the surface, it's a pretty flat surface so it'd be pretty nice to get out there and face the first ball of a pink ball Test."

Tim Southee knows the New Zealand bowlers are expected to show what they are capable of and said they can cope without fellow quick Trent Boult if the left-armer is ruled out due to a back injury.

Southee said: "We're continuing to learn about what the pink ball is going to throw at us. Just the way it reacts at certain times of the day and how you're going to cope with different phases throughout the day.

"It does a little bit more under lights. That's not an unknown, both sides know that. Both sides can swing the ball. It's how you perform in that time when it does do a little bit.

"I don't think as a bowling group we've hit out straps the way we'd like on this tour so far, but there's still one game to go and hopefully we can show the high standards we've shown for a long time now.

"There's a lot of depth in the bowling group and if he [Boult] is unavailable I'm sure someone will step up and fill his shoes."