News | Cricket
23 Jun 2017 13:51
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Cricket

    Black Caps refocus on third Test

    The Black Caps must learn from their eight-wicket second Test loss to South Africa if they want to win the third in Hamilton next week, Kane Williamson says.


    The omens are ominous for the Black Caps as they approach the third and final Test against South Africa in Hamilton later in the week.

    Skipper Kane Williamson was left bemused and more than a little confused on Saturday as New Zealand slumped to an eight-wicket defeat in the second Test at the Basin Reserve.

    The Proteas breezed past the Black Caps inside three days, chasing down a tiny 81-run target late on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after last week's drawn first Test in Dunedin.

    Apart from Henry Nicholls' first innings 118, and Jeet Raval's gritty second innings 80, there were few positives for the New Zealanders.

    Most worrying of all was an inexplicable susceptibility to spin bowling on a seamer-friendly wicket.

    South African spinner Keshav Maharaj grabbed 6-40 in a destructive second innings, adding to his 2-47 in the first.

    With JP Duminy picking up 4-47 as South Africa bowled out the Black Caps for 268 in the first innings, spinners accounted for 12 New Zealand wickets all up.

    Williamson, who endured dismal returns of two and one from his stints at the crease, was left bemused as to the reasons.

    "To lose that many wickets to spin is disappointing and something we need to address," he said.

    "We spent a bit of time in India where it went square and we showed a lot better application than we have in this match.

    "We need to play a hell of a lot better."

    The Basin wicket traditionally doesn't take a lot of spin, offering more movement for the seamers, and it seemed the wind provided more for Duminy and Maharaj to work with in terms of drift.

    That ability to beat the New Zealand batsmen on the outside, when the ball didn't turn as much, was key in accumulating wickets, Williamson said.

    "They were very, very smart in how they bowled, trying to spin it using the wind."

    Worryingly, Hamilton's Seddon Park pitch is expected to offer more for the spinners, and South Africa have drafted in offspinner Dane Piedt to boost their chances when the third Test begins next Saturday.

    With Mitchell Santner likely to return, and Ish Sodhi aother possibility, that doesn't overly concern Williamson.

    "(Hamilton) does tend to be a slower surface, it does tend to offer a little bit of spin," he said.

    "But when you play the best, there are some glowing things that stand out, and they do highlight areas you need to improve on.

    "Those are the opportunities we have over the next few days to get better coming into the last match."


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Cricket News
     23 Jun: Bracewell misses out on cricket contract
     23 Jun: White Ferns learn from Twenty20 defeat
     23 Jun: Patel retires from Black Caps: reports
     22 Jun: Indian students battle for university entry, but at what cost, top cricketers ask
     22 Jun: White Ferns lose final World Cup warm up
     21 Jun: Ireland on verge of Test cricket selection with ICC set to make call on elite status
     20 Jun: White Ferns outclass India in warm-up
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    British and Irish Lions penpix More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Vector signs deal in Alice Springs More...



     Today's News

    Business:
    Vector signs deal in Alice Springs 13:47

    Entertainment:
    Carrie Fisher's drug use was "not news" to her brother Todd Fisher 13:27

    Cricket:
    Bracewell misses out on cricket contract 13:27

    Rugby League:
    Sharks' Origin stars "certainties" for NRL 13:07

    Entertainment:
    Taylor Swift reportedly spent Father’s Day (18.06.17) in London with her boyfriend Joe Alwyn and his family 12:57

    Entertainment:
    Kim Kardashian West has branded Kanye West as her "best friend" 12:27

    Rugby League:
    New Cowboy Martin to miss Penrith NRL game 12:27

    Entertainment:
    Steve Carell is a “fan” of Kristen Wiig 11:57

    Politics:
    PM and Labour wounded after a brutal week 11:57

    Entertainment:
    Dame Helen Mirren thinks things have “changed substantially” for women in the film and television industry 11:27


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd