South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 4th day January 14, 2013

South Africa wrap up huge innings victory


South Africa 525 for 8 dec (du Plessis 137, Amla 110, Elgar 103*) beat New Zealand 121 (Watling 63, Steyn 5-17) and 211 (Watling 63, Brownlie 53, Steyn 3-48) by an innings and 193 runs
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It took South Africa less than a session to complete a crushing innings-and-193-runs victory in Port Elizabeth. Despite more resistance the second time from New Zealand it was only ever a matter of time, and the second new ball hurried the game to a conclusion with Dale Steyn taking his match haul to eight wickets.

Although two Tests is barely enough to constitute a series this is still South Africa's first whitewash since 2008. It is nothing less than what was expected, but the professionalism and efficiency of their displays, even taking into account the paucity of the opposition, showed the hunger they have to keep winning and not lose their focus after reaching, and retaining, the No. 1 ranking.

BJ Watling and Dean Brownlie, the two shining lights in New Zealand's generally dismal batting, carried their fifth-wicket stand to 98 and both reached gutsy half-centuries, but Jacques Kallis' dismissal of Brownlie, pushing away from his body, shortly before the 80-over mark - South Africa took the new ball - was the beginning of the end.

Colin Munro avoided a king pair on debut and connected with some meaty strokes before playing away from his body and edging Morne Morkel, from around the wicket, to third slip. It was clearly a hopeless cause for New Zealand but it was another disappointing shot.

Steyn then regained the rhythm that was occasionally a little lacking the previous afternoon with a classy new-ball display. A beautiful delivery, moving away late, was too good for Watling - and that was nothing to be ashamed about - meaning the wicketkeeper ended with a pair of 63s in the Test, a commendable effort and one that should ensure a lengthy run in the side.

Against the remaining batsmen it was not really a fair contest. Doug Bracewell was turned around as he played to leg, the resulting outside edge well held, low at third slip, by Alviro Petersen. Trent Boult, promoted ahead of the hapless Jeetan Patel, then flapped at a short ball from Morkel which looped to point. The final wicket went to Steyn, Neil Wagner top-edging a hook, to give him match figures of 8 for 65.

New Zealand now have three one-day internationals to try and regain some pride, but their Test cricket set-up remains in something resembling chaos. South Africa, though, are a formidable team. It is hoped that Pakistan will provide them with a tougher contest next month.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • David on January 16, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    @ kingsmead_mamba I second your warning that SA cricket followers avoid complacency & conceit. Arrogance & sledging only endangers teams as it too easily goes viral, & becomes exaggerated by media. If players & staff buy into the hype, a downfall awaits.

    Eng earned the no.1 spot, & their press hit overdrive. The Pak whitewash was downplayed, yet the Windies victory had writers lauding Eng as invincible, the most infamous of them boasting, "Welcome to Fortress England, where the bowlers suffocate, the fielders crow, and the batsmen strut!"

    In their next match Eng endured the most comprehensive test defeat ever, imploded with in-fighting, & finally lost the series. Ironically, the "Fortress England" rant concluded that "(the) mace is as safe as a slip catch in the hands of the England captain..."

    In truth, the Mace, & Strauss, were soon gone.

    Amla & Kallis' dignity & humility made them giants of the game - like Dravid, Laxman et al. We should value & reflect that example.

  • Joe on January 15, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    That's why ODIs and T20s will always get the nod ahead of Tests as many teams are competitive close wise compared to the demanding format Test Cricket. So far this year in Test Cricket, the matches have been a mismatch and if the South Africa-Pakistan series is also one-sided then the future of Test Cricket doesn't look good team wise as only 3 top ranked teams seem interested and do really well in that format and the rest are just too weak. This will lose interest among fans and already we are seeing low attendances and tv ratings for test matches compared to limited overs where everyone comes and watches. That's why the domestic system of each country is so important and apart from the top 3, the rest are not of quality standard. Too many slow flat pitches and no fast bouncy ones and lack of good quality pacers and until that's resolved, the struggle will continue.

  • Dre on January 14, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishka. I am not one of those fans who keep on shouting for Bang to be demoted and what not. I would prefer to see other teams like Ire n Afghanistan promoted. But it is very annoying for Bang fans to keep on comparing themselves to others in defense of their team's poor overall performances. NZ, even after this are a better side than Bang. They draw and win more tests than Bang do. Their win vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka was very good and their bowling attack is looking much more promising than that of Bangladesh. Even in ICC competitions, NZ are more a force to be reckoned with than Bang.

  • kev on January 14, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    the game against pak should be good, although some of the fans are a bit full of themselves when they talk about whitewashing s.a, good luck to nz against england.

  • Imran on January 14, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    South Africa is looking so dangrious and inform.. Pakistan dont have much chance i guess.. But i am pretty sure our team will give a good fight. There will be some quality cricket as well.. So fingers are crossed. Pakistan Lacks a good fast bowling allrounder (once razzaq use to be) and a good wicket keeper batsman. anyways best of luck guys..

  • Ali on January 14, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    @German Player agree with you . . . RSA is d No 1 team with strong batting,bowling and even fielding too and Steyn is uncomparable . . As a Pakistani I would be happy if Pakistan will play good cricket and the result wont matter for us . . .

  • Stephen on January 14, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    First thing NZ have to do for their series against England is bring Taylor, Vettori, Southee and Ryder back into the team and also give Luke Ronchi a go behind the stumps. Watling can open up with McCullum and NZ will improve pretty quickly and hopefully at least be able to compete. An XI of:

    McCullum Watling Taylor Williamson Ryder Brownlie Ronchi Vettori Bracewell Southee Boult

    It looks a lot better on paper then the XI they put out for each of the two tests against RSA.

  • Mark on January 14, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    NZ needs to address its problems from the top down starting with the Board. Whilst laudable to focus on governance skills when appointing the Board a modicum of understanding of the game may come in useful as well.

    This Board has overseen the appointment of a coach who appears well out of his depth. NZC recruits ex Aussie coach Buchannan as director of cricket and it turns out he does not get on with the CEO, did not buy into the sacking of Taylor and questions the the integrity and honesty of the culture within the whole organisation in a media interview.

    If the turmoil within the organisational structure is as bad as it seems from the outside the test side performance is perhaps a reflection of that.

    South Africa were outstanding and there is no doubt they deserve their No 1 ranking but it was the gutlessness of the NZ performance that saddened me.

  • Muzammil on January 14, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @irfankyani, "Why won't he do that in the subcontinent?" That is a silly question if you consider he has also picked up 57 wickets in the subcontinent at an average of 21.33. That is better than his career average. No one is underestimating Pakistan. You guys are talking about "easily" beating SA. When was the last time Pak win a test series in SA??

  • Ali on January 14, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @German Player Agree with you, South Africa is the Number 1 Team with awesome batting,bowling and fielding too and no other teams have Steyn . . . If Pakistan will Level the test series that will be a achievement for PAKISTAN team, After Beating Nzl Team 2-0 . . South Africa's Bowlers n Batsmen are in Very good form. . So I just want a good cricket from PAKISTAN team ,Whether they lose or win I wont mind if Team would play Good Cricket ..