5 Mar 2017

Black Caps keeping keepers

6:12 pm on 5 March 2017

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says both wicket-keepers Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi are likely to maintain their selection for this year's Champions trophy.

Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham.

Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham. Photo: Photosport

The one-day tournament is played in England and Wales in June.

The two batted badly in the one-day series loss to South Africa with Latham's poor form extending back to the one-day series win over Australia.

Latham was asked to open the batting as well as wear the gloves in both series and returned scores of 7, 0 against Australia and 0, 2 and 0 against the Proteas.

His was dropped for the last two games of the South Africa series in which Ronchi could only manage scores of 1 and 8.

Hesson has selected regular Test keeper BJ Watling for the three match Test series against South Africa, but there was no suggestion Watling could be used in white ball cricket.

BJ Watling

BJ Watling Photo: Photosport

The coach said he was delighted with Latham and Ronchi's form with the gloves but conceded their batting had been bad.

"No doubt both (are) short of runs and that's certainly something that both Tom and Luke are both well aware of, probably more than anybody," said Hesson.

The coach said both players "are very likely to be involved in the Champions Trophy."

He explained the pair would have time to find batting form in a tri-series that New Zealand play with Ireland and Bangladesh in May.

"The series in Ireland is going to be critical for us in getting a pecking order there."