Kane Williamson is pissed and he’s got every right to be. As New Zealand allowed South Africa to steal victory away from them, even when they had the game in their grasp for the early half of the match, at least, the captain would be all but annoyed.
Sharing his displeasure in watching his side go down in splits, Kane said New Zealand applied themselves better in India, where ball turned square and not here in Basin Reserve. Keshav Maharaj, who scripted South Africa’s turnaround with 6/40 after the side’s batting had two sessions in their kitty the other day, seem to have left a deep scar in minds of hosts over their ability to play spin better.
While talking to media post the match, Kane seemed frustrated and his words were clearing any doubt left. He said as a unit they failed to keep up the momentum and could have utilised the plans in a better manner than they did on day three.
“To see it slip away so quickly, today in particular but also back end of yesterday, the frustrating part for us is when you play a side like South Africa, and you do have them under pressure you have to keep them there. That’s the challenge and you have to do it for a long period of time, and if you don’t, they can change the shape of the match quite quickly. We certainly let it slip very quickly and it went bad quickly.”
Talking about the problem which prevailed throughout the course of the game, captain said tackling spin never seemed difficult is such conditions until today. It is understandable if a batting line-up falls like a pack of cards against a seam bowler, but accepted against a spinner, feels Kane.
However, he credited the bowler and the side to come on top of them and that New Zealand needs to address the spin threat soon.
“I guess you don’t expect to see much spin here at the Basin when the wickets are a bit green and taking a bit of movement for seamers. Often the spinner’s role is to hold up an end into the wind. For them to take 12 wickets is disappointing. Credit to them, they did bowl well. But on a surface I thought more suited to the seam bowlers, to lose that many wickets to spin, in the first innings in particular when the ball wasn’t spinning, is something we need to address moving forward.”