New Zealand’s test tussle with South Africa has a bleak record. The team has only won four matches. It was in 1962 when they won two matches. The next victory was after an unusually long hiatus in 1994. The recent was in 2004, when they won at Eden Park. However, it was not always easy for South Africa to topple New Zealand. Furthermore, there were no recent matches to test the actual thrusts. The positive of the team is their victory against Australia last year. In a 2013 test, South Africa was bowled out by New Zealand before lunch on the opening day. It would be interesting to witness how New Zealand would put up the fight this time with South Africa.
In the series, so far, bowlers on board New Zealand team has been putting a good pressure on South Africa. Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner has been the key bowlers on the attacking front. While, on the opposite side Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander led the attack. These bowlers are emerging as a challenge for New Zealand batsmen like Tom Latham and Jeet Raval. Latham has been losing his strike since ODI failures and is unable to recover so far. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are expected to lead the team in the match for South Africa.
South Africa on the other hand has been lacking a stronghold in batting. With players like JP Duminy and Temba Bavuma failing to achieve substantial strikes, but included in the team, South Africa must boost its strength on other fronts as well. In the last series with Sri Lanka, Bavuma could only aggregate 21 runs. Captain Williamson would focus on bowling options adding new players like Colin de Grandhomme or James Neesham. Also, Morne Morkel and Keshav Maharaj are expected to join for better stand.
Kane Williamson said they will play per the surface. The captain hinted that he will change his play per the changes in the surface. He said that before close observation of the surface, he does not want to commit into any strategy. Faf du Plessis said the condition is slow. He is positive on the blend of bowling attacks they are with. The seamers and spinners are expected to bring better results, per the player.
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