Kane Williamson wicket key for South Africa - Du Plessis

16 March, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Taylor was injured while batting in last week's test in Dunedin. But their tone has been softened for the second Test starting Thursday, given the ruthlessness of South Africa's pace trio Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.

Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner opened the bowling for New Zealand in both games‚ and in one of them he and off-spinner Jeetan Patel became the first pair of slow bowlers to take the new ball in ODI history.

The third test starts on March 25. Maharaj was the lone spinner to be picked up for the current Test series against New Zealand, but on surfaces which have been surprisingly spinner-friendly, the national selectors have chose to boost their spin options.

"I said before the series that if we can get rid of Williamson and Taylor there's a lot of pressure on the rest of the batting lineup", du Plessis told reporters.

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New Zealand will be fielding an unproven middle order with Neil Broom to make his test debut, Henry Nicholls and Jimmy Neesham at No 6. "He has had a big workload with five one-dayers and a big four days in the Test match in Dunedin".

Boult would be a "huge loss", du Plessis said, but New Zealand had depth in the pace bowling department with Tim Southee coming back after being omitted from the first test.

Missing paceman Trent Boult to injury as well as Taylor ramps up the pressure on New Zealand, du Plessis said.

But with the Basin Reserve having it's traditional green cover, du Plessis said his seamers were looking forward to the second Test. "This wicket won't take as much spin as the last one so I'm expecting they'll play one spinner".

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