“You can look at it both ways,” Latham said. “Either you can bowl him one more over, but you have to look at the bigger picture, in Australia’s batting order, they bat deep… [Boult] Back. The guys in our line-up, whatever the situation, we turn anyone back to come and take wickets.
“Whether we do it in the same situation in the next game or whether we do things a little differently, that’s how we went about it and we definitely support the guys in those situations. That’s what Kane made the decision to make.” Decided… you have to catch a few overs back every time and that was the decision we went with.”
Lockie Ferguson caused some uncomfortable moments with his pace, but Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell and Jimmy Neesham were all used before Boult returned to the attack. The conditions changed significantly between innings, as spin had been very effective for Australia before catching the lights through Maxwell and Adam Zampa.
“The wicket probably went a little better than we expected, skidded a little more and made batting a little easier,” Latham said. “The way we were able to bowl at the top and put them under pressure was fantastic. [but] Unfortunately we didn’t make any chances through that partnership and he batted really well. Hopefully if we are in that position tomorrow we can try to create some more chances and get some more wickets in between.”
New Zealand may be considering whether they can get another frontline seamer in their attack for the second game – Tim Southee, who is three wickets away from 200 in ODIs, was on the bench for the first outing – but its Meaning the batting will probably have to be weakened.