New Zealand vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights – 13 February 2024

Neil Brand’s squad is “desperate to put in a good performance”. in the Hamilton Test, knowing that they may become the first South African team to lose a Test series to New Zealand. They also think they are better than what their 281-run loss in Mount Maunganui shows. “I don’t believe we are too far apart. Stand-in captain Brand of South Africa commented. “I think we were good for about 65% of the game. I said that to the boys afterwards. “Obviously we have to learn pretty quickly at this level and it’s something we are desperate to do and to put it right.”

After South Africa was bowled out for 162 and 247 with just one of their batsmen. David Bedingham, reaching 50, Brand said that batting was their biggest weakness. The top three are really important to Brand. “We have to do the right things for longer and myself, personally. I have to find a way to get through the new ball which has been tricky in these conditions,” he stated. “It appears that the longer you stay there, the better the wickets are for batting. It really comes down to maintaining our self-belief and strong self-esteem.”

In the first Test

Brand, Eddie Moore, his opening partner, and Raynard van Tonder combined to score 61 runs in six innings. Each of them was making their stage debut. Kyle Jamieson twice dismissed van Tonder, who curved the ball back in and challenged his front-foot technique. Moore was bounced out in the first inning and drove a ball aerially in the second. Brand’s shot selection was unsure against the shifting ball. It wasn’t all negative, but none of those things have simple remedies. especially for people who are new to playing at this level. Moore and van Tonder performed a good job of safeguarding the middle-order. which all received starts, with Moore spending fifty minutes in the middle during the first innings. and van Tonder standing at the crease for an hour and twenty-three minutes during the second.

With their Test experience, Zubayr Hamza, Keegan Petersen. and Bedingham—all of whom scored in double figures in both innings—are anticipated to be the mainstays of South Africa’s attempts. With his debut against India, Bedingham in particular has a lot of expectations going into the series. “We want him to push on and get a big score for us,” Brand stated.

Conversely, after giving up 511 runs in the first innings and 179 in 43 overs in the second. South Africa’s assault is looking for methods to be more potent. On 39 for 2 and 10 for 1, they had early difficulties with New Zealand both times. but they were unable to capitalize. Despite the fact that they let opportunities to pass by against players like Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson. who went on to score 240 and 118 respectively, it didn’t help. Brand is still hoping they can discover more methods to take wickets with the older ball. “In both innings, we played pretty well with the new ball. We just need a few more alternatives from over 20 to the [second] new ball so we can take out that middle order. even if I recognize that this wicket could be a little different. Although we’ve been applying pressure, we haven’t been able to score with the traditional ball.”

South Africa

might try to bring in all-rounder Mihlali Mpongwana, who might offer some pace, or one of their spinners. Dane Piedt or Shaun von Berg, to give diversity to their assault. Many may question why South Africa can’t bring up some of their first-choice players to enhance the stocks after the SA20 concluded over the weekend. but the reason is travel time and jet lag. South Africa and New Zealand are 11 hours apart, while the shortest flying path is little over 19 hours. It is not possible for anybody else to be added to the traveling party. since players have to be in the nation for at least a week prior to playing in order to combat weariness and jet lag.

South Africa must instead make due with what they have. and the majority of these players only have one more chance to compete internationally. Even if it has been challenging. Brand is hoping that some of them would accept it. “The Test match was rather difficult. By day three, I was somewhat worn out. When you play Test cricket, every day seems like a (whole) Test match. according to what Dane Piedt claims Hashim Amla told him. However, I have relished every second of it. I truly enjoy being here and have discovered a lot about myself as a person, so maybe I can provide a few strong performances.”

New Zealand vs South Africa Highlights today. 2nd Test, Tuesday 13-2-2024. South Africa tour of New Zealand 2024, Seddon Park, Hamilton.

Toss: South Africa chose to bat.

Neil Brand says it’s a green track. They expect this morning to be difficult but hopes to show some fight. There’s two changes: Shaun von Berg makes his debut, Dane Piedt comes in. We have to do the right things for longer, losing wickets in clumps doesn’t help us. Gotta be better in all departments.
Tim Southee says they were looking to have a bowl. Hope there’s a bit of assistance early on. Three changes: Daryl is out, Will Young comes in. Four seamers. Neil Wagner is in for Mitch Santner. Kyle Jamieson pulled up sore, so Will O’Rourke come in on debut. We know Wagner wears his heart on his sleeve and will give his 100%. So looking forward to that. Excited to see what Will, an exciting young quick, has got.

New Zealand team: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Rachin Ravindra, 5 Will Young, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Glenn Phillips, 8 Matt Henry, 9 Tim Southee (capt), 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Will O’Rourke.
South Africa team: 1 Neil Brand (capt), 2 Clyde Fortuin, 3 Raynard van Tonder 4 Zubayr Hamza, 5 David Bedingham, 6 Keegan Peterson, 7 Ruan de Swardt, 8 Shaun von Berg, 9 Dane Piedt, 10 Tshepo Moreki, 11 Dane Paterson.

Head to Head In Test’s: 48
New Zealand Won: 6
South Africa Won: 26
New Zealand Test Rankings: 5th
South Africa Test Rankings: 4th

Form guide
(last five matches, most recent first)
New Zealand WWWWL
South Africa LDWWW

Match Timings: 10:00 PM | 11:00 AM Local
Umpires – Ahsan Raza, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire – Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Kim Cotton
Match number – Test no. 2529

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