BJ Watling, the New Zealand wicket keeper has cautioned the team not to get over reacted for their latest defeat to South Africa. The next match in Hamilton would be the last of the series and the final of the summer season. New Zealand is trying to pull up their might for a strong ending at Hamilton to mark their season as well as the series. The keeper said that a defeat is not a “calamity.” He said that the team is “obviously very disappointed” but they “are not going to dwell on that.” The player said that such things happens and there is more to talk about collapse. The player wants to focus on the next match stating it as “a very important game.” Per Watling, the test will determine the season even if it is not customary for a last game to determine the whole season.
The previous match’s Wellington stadium has been quite unsatisfactory for New Zealand. However, the team will try its best to change the record and create a milestone instead. In the last test, the team was struck by Protease bowlers who toppled 5 wickets for just 16 runs. The team being attack slid from 139 for 5 at tea break to being all out in just following six overs. Keshav Maharaj spearheaded the attack as the pitch was seamer friendly. This was the prime concern for New Zealand selector and they are trying to tackle the issue in the next match. Per Watling, the pitch was “pretty good” even if it was better for bowlers. He said the team might not be as disciplined as they would like to be.
Watling particularly focused on the strategy in the last inning. He said the team needs to have better options and make better decisions. The last inning in the previous match was where the hosts were defeated as they could not match up with bowling attacks. Hamilton is the home ground of Watling and the player is expecting some seam and swing.
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