South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd T20, East London December 22, 2012

New Zealand look to start afresh after Durban horror

Match facts

December 23, 2012
Start time 1800 (1600 GMT)

Big Picture

Being "aggressive" is easier said than done. New Zealand found out the hard way at Kingsmead on Friday. It was a risky approach from a side fielding four debutants. They wanted to make a statement with a positive approach with the bat, but by the end of nine overs, six were back in the pavilion. Brendon McCullum, the captain, admitted it was a flawed approach, and that New Zealand needed to respect the fundamentals first and earn the right to be aggressive. The cricket was of low quality, compounded by shambolic fielding. That South Africa won with 47 balls to spare only highlighted the gulf between the two sides. South Africa too went in with an experimental line-up with three debutants, but they weren't tested. With just 87 to chase, the South Africa captain-coach duo of Faf du Plessis and Russell Domingo couldn't have asked for an easier beginning to their new leadership roles.

McCullum said the pitch at Kingsmead was two-paced, with the odd ball keeping low. It needed some patience from the batsmen before launching their shots. The teams will hope for better batting conditions at East London. New Zealand have shown the resilience to bounce back after a horror defeat - most recently in the Test series in Sri Lanka - so South Africa should guard against complacency. From New Zealand's perspective, they would want to wipe the slate clean and treat this as the first game of a two-match series.

Form guide (Completed games, most recent first)

South Africa WLLLW
New Zealand LTLTL

In the spotlight

Doug Bracewell was among only three New Zealand batsmen to get into double figures on Friday, but in his primary role as a fast bowler, he had a poor outing, giving 21 off two overs before being taken off the attack. Bracewell was a familiar face in a largely unrecognisable attack, and he will need to rediscover his best.

Rory Kleinveldt didn't have the happiest tour of Australia, but back in familiar home conditions he was the best bowler at Kingsmead with figures of 3 for 18. He struck with his first ball, and then removed the dangerous McCullum with a short ball pulled to fine leg. He later spoke of using the bouncer as a dot ball or a wicket-taking option.

Team news

The South Africa allrounder Chris Morris limped off the field after aggravating a quad injury that has ruled him out of the two remaining games. It leaves the hosts with only 12 players to pick from, since no replacement has been named for Morris. South Africa had already decided to rotate their senior seamers in this short series, with Dale Steyn getting a break before the Tests. Morne Morkel comes in for the remainder of the series so he should take Steyn's place.

South Africa: (likely) 1 Richard Levi, 2 Henry Davids, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 Quinton de Kock (wk), 5 Farhaan Behardien, 6 David Miller, 7 Robin Peterson, 8 Ryan McLaren, 9 Justin Ontong/Aaron Phangiso, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Rory Kleinveldt

New Zealand will need some experience in their batting and bowling. Martin Guptill and Trent Boult, who missed the first match due to illness, should walk in to the line-up if they recover in time.

New Zealand: (likely) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Peter Fulton/Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 4 James Franklin, 5 Colin Munro, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Nathan McCullum, 8 Jimmy Neesham, 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Ronnie Hira, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

Stats and Trivia

  • This will be the first T20 to be held in East London.
  • Of the ten completed domestic day-night T20 games at this venue, seven were won by the team batting first.


"We 100% believe that we can win the next game, we've just got to fine tune a couple of areas. I can't fault people for being overly keen to want to get into a series."
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum

"We put a lot of emphasis that we're a young side, so we want to have a lot of energy and we want to have a good presence."
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Garry on December 23, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    No Ross Taylor, no Jesse Ryder, No Tim Southee, No chance.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    nz should put in d de border as keeper and let mculum hav the sole responsibilities of top order batting adn captaincy which is enough in 20 overs hav guptill open and put fulton to 4 so there is a proper batsman in top 4

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Too many cross batted/ lose shots played by the nz team. If the batsmen aged straighter then they would have scored more runs. Lou Vincent should have been picked for the squad to open the innings. James franklin over the years has got worse as his bowling looks toothless and his batting is poor to ordinary. In t20 cricket he does not have enough power to clear the ropes often and is found to play too many dot balls and then gets out when he tries to increase his run rate.

  • Colin on December 23, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Rich de Groen McCullum does not recognise what a brainless display is. He is a talent but should not be captain. Now a new report is in from Mike Hessan tv

    "Actually we felt Brendon's captaincy would be better overall as he brings the discipline and careful judgment needed that Ross Lacked. We think this is reflected in his batting where his judicious use of shot play has been an outstanding aspect of his career to date." Indeed carrying on from that theme Hessan commented on Southee's likely emergence as vice captain

    "Tim takes the game seriously, is humble and thoughtful and also very disciplined. Just the sorts of talents we need given Ross's poor performances"

    In separate news there is reports of a bad relationship developing between Hessan and Shane Bond. Hessan when queried on this said " Well I think Shane's guidance of our quicks is off the mark which is evidenced in Boult's poor batting, I have been giving him some tips he has ignored, so his days are numbered too"

  • Kevin on December 23, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing a better performance from the NZ team tomorrow. A similar one sided result would not be a good follow up. Its going to be struggle though which ever side SA put on the field, as even their young players look to have consistent class. In about 10 years things should even out, if the current rate of South Africans immigrating to NZ continues !!!!!

  • Shipu on December 22, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Don't understand why on earth was Ross Taylor sacked he's such a nice and cool lad.

  • adam on December 22, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Love it. Here comes the first of the delusional post-humiliating-loss McCullum quotes. Can't fault people for being overly keen on getting into a series. What about faulting a completely brainless display? surely you can do that? But then I guess it would be the pot calling the kettle black...

  • des on December 22, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Great preview, hope this author can write on SA cricket more often. Looking forward to seeing more of De Kock, Miller, Davids - and SA should select Phangiso for EL.

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