South Africa’s off-spinner Dane Piedt, who has been called up for third and the final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, has said he was amazed to see the Kiwis not trusting their fast-bowlers in the Wellington Test, which the hosts lost by eight wickets.
“I didn’t expect that New Zealand would play two spinners in the first Test and when they left Tim Southee out I was also surprised,” Piedt was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.
“I think they have shot themselves in the foot. They didn’t back their seamers to do the job, and I thought their seamers bowled pretty well in South Africa. They bowled us out for 263 in Durban on quite a sporting deck,” Piedt recollected.
In the Wellington Test, South Africa’s duo of Keshav Maharaj and JP Duminy claimed 12 wickets in between them to setup a fine victory for the visitors.
“I expected it to be the same, but obviously with the type of seam attack we have they thought they would be under pressure,” Piedt observed.
The Cape Town-born Piedt stated New Zealand were very good against Pakistan and Bangladesh (earlier this year) on pitches which helped their pacers.
New Zealand pacers bagged 36 wickets against Pakistan and 34 against Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, chief selector Gavin Larsen has announced an unchanged 14-member squad for the third and final Test against South Africa, scheduled to take place in Hamilton.
“You couldn’t call that Basin deck a raging, turning deck. Maharaj, to his credit, bowled nicely with control and put the ball in the right areas but I don’t think it was overly threatening. To allow a spinner like him to take 6 for 40 is unacceptable,” Larsen remarked.
Reports suggests Piedt is likely to break into the playing XI for the final Test.
“He’s [Maharaj shown that he’s in unbelievable form and he’s done that in domestic cricket so I can only be happy for him. I spoke to him last night and I told him how impressive it’s been to watch him bowl on the international stage,” Piedt said on Maharaj.
So far, Piedt has played seven Tests and grabbed 24 scalps at an average of 36.04 with a five-fer.