24 Feb 2016

Latham joins Kent

6:11 am on 24 February 2016

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham has signed with the English County side Kent for the 2016 cricket season and he will be available for all formats.

Black Caps opener Tom Latham celebrates his century on day four of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand. Sunday 13 December 2015. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Black Caps opener Tom Latham celebrates his century Photo: Photosport

The 23-year-old Latham is Kent's second significant recent signing after they brought South African Kagiso Rabada to the club for a month in mid-season.

Latham currently averages close to 40 in Test cricket with three centuries and also provides an extra wicketkeeping option should the need arise. In first-class cricket he has a career-best of 261.

"I'm delighted to have joined Kent for the season. Playing county cricket has always been a goal of mine," he said. "I've heard great things about the playing group and coaching staff, so I can't wait to get started and help the boys push for some silverware."

He joins a long list of New Zealand internationals in county cricket.... Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner (Worcestershire), Brendon McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan, Hamish Rutherford (Derbyshire), Jesse Ryder, Adam Milne (Essex), Ross Taylor (Sussex), Neil Wagner (Lancashire), Kane Williamson (Yorkshire), Tom Latham (Kent).

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