Sydney: Glenn Maxwell gatecrashed Tom Latham’s press conference ahead of the deciding game of the Chappell-Hadlee series. The Australian all-rounder joined the journalists in asking some cheeky questions to the Black Caps opener.
Maxwell started by reminding Latham that the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy currently belongs to Australia. “After a disappointing showing in the Australian series, how important is it for you guys to win the last game of the series?” he asked.
“Obviously it’s very important Maxi, we would really like to have that Chappell-Hadlee back so a good performance tomorrow and hopefully we can keep it in New Zealand,” responded Latham gamely.
Maxwell, trying to make sure Latham knew the gravity of the task at hand, asked: “The Aussies are known for scrapping and their backs are against the wall at the moment, how hard to do you reckon they're going to come out tomorrow?”
“Australia are obviously a very high class side, they're number one in the world at the moment. I think we always know when we play them they’ll be very challenging and hostile. That’s the typically Aussie way they play, so hopefully we can negate that and put a good performance on the board,” piped back Latham.
Realising that Latham was proving difficult to unsettle, Maxwell decided to change his point of questioning. “You’ve been compared to Adam Gilchrist with your wicket-keeping and left-hand opening batsman skills, how does that sit with you right now?,” he asked.
Latham played down the comparisons but took the compliment happily. “That’s the first time I’ve heard it but I’ll take that. I’m probably not as attacking as Adam Gilchrist but he’s someone I idolised growing up, so I'll take that,” said the New Zealand man.