New Zealand have defeated South Africa only four times in Tests. Yes, that’s the fact which is hard to believe. Both have played 42 Tests against each other and the Black Caps have lost 24 of them. Their last victory came in 2004 at Auckland. Chris Martin’s 11-wicket haul and Chris Cairns’ attacking ton helped New Zealand secure their last and the 4th win against Proteas.
This time around, nobody is expecting the contest to be one-sided. New Zealand are now a better side, they’ve improved a lot and at home, they’ve been brilliant. On the other hand, South Africa have made big changes since they last played in New Zealand. Only four players in current squad have played in New Zealand.
The upcoming series won’t at all be one-sided and there’ll be a lot to see for fans.
Will this make any difference?
It has been mentioned earlier that only four of South Africa’s players are known to the Kiwi conditions – Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.
Meanwhile, New Zealand is yet to lose a Test in University Oval Dunedin.
Morne Morkel will make a comeback for South Africa after a long gap and will have a huge role to play as Dale Steyn is still out due to injury.
The hosts can overtake Faf du Plessis-led side in the ICC Test Rankings if they win by a margin of 2-0 or better.
Dunedin have always been a paradise for bowlers and both squads have a quality bowling line-up to challenge each other.
For New Zealand, Mitchell Santner can be the lone spinner and South Africa will look to go with Keshav Maharaj.
1-Tom Latham 2-Jeet Raval 3- Kane Williamson(C) 4- Ross Taylor 5- Henry Nicholls 6- Brad Watling(WK) 7- Mithell Santner 8- Colin de grandhomme 9- Niel Wagner 10- Tim Southee 11- Trent Boult
1- Stephen Cook 2- Dean Elgar 3- Hashim Amla 4- Faf du plessis(C) 5- JP Duminy 6- Temba Bavuma 7- Quinton de Kock(WK) 8- Vernon Philander 9- Keshav Maharaj 10- Morne Morkel 11- Kagiso Rabada.