JOHANNESBURG – The Proteas will be back in action as they take on the reigning ICC World Test Champions, New Zealand, in the first test at the Christchurch cricket ground on Thursday.
Having never lost a Test series in New Zealand, South Africa will look to maintain their dominance of the fixture with a record of 25 wins, 16 draws, and only 4 losses in 45 matches against their opponents. Despite the record, the Proteas go into the tour as the underdogs, with the No.2 ranked team in the world expected to deliver on home turf.
South Africa will be counting on struggling star batsman, Aiden Markram, to put on a top performance following his poor run of form in the last 19 test matches, with an average of 26.47 after managing to only score 76 runs in six innings against India. The absence of Keegan Petersen is a big miss for Mark Boucher’s charges, after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of the tour. The top-order batsman is replaced by Six Gun Grill Western Province batter, Zubayr Hamza.
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Kagiso Rabada will be a pivotal member for the Proteas in the bowling department, following his impressive run against India. The fast bowler took the highest number of wickets (20), with an average of 19.05, and will be looking to build up from those numbers.
Apart from the Black Caps missing the injured captain Kane Williamson, their squad will be strong as ever with the likes of Devon Conway, Tom Latham, and Tim Southee expected to carry the team to victory.
Play starts on Thursday at 00:00 (SA time)