South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 3rd day January 13, 2013

New Zealand fight but still face huge defeat

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New Zealand 157 for 4 (Brownlie 44*, Watling 41*) and 121 (Watling 63, Steyn 5-17) trail South Africa 525 for 8 dec by 247 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It shows how low expectations have sunk when taking a Test into a fourth day classes as a success. New Zealand showed more fight after inevitably being asked to follow-on in Port Elizabeth, but still closed 247 adrift on 157 for 4. South Africa could not quite conjure the quick finish, instead it was left to the supporting cast of Robin Peterson and Rory Kleinveldt to make the inroads.

During the morning it had been Dale Steyn's show as he finished with 5 for 17, his 19th five-wicket haul, but he could not quite repeat his venom second time around. New Zealand managed their first opening stand of any value, albeit still only worth 40, and having weathered the early challenge from the quicks it will have been galling to lose two to Peterson before tea. Kleinveldt's two-in-two balls then set the platform for a three-day finish, but BJ Watling, following a first-innings 63, and Dean Brownlie added an unbroken 73 for the fifth wicket.

Kleinveldt's first success was Martin Guptill, who had been given out in the first over of the innings, as the openers faced four overs before lunch, but was easily saved by the DRS which showed Steyn's bouncer only took arm and helmet, with no glove, to the keeper. Guptill, who has been a walking wicket in whites since the tour of Sri Lanka, did not suggest permanency early in his innings but steadily grew in confidence as he survived the initial spells of Steyn and Morne Morkel.

He was given the occasional leg-side delivery to relieve the pressure and his straight-driving, often on show in limited-overs cricket, made a pleasing appearance. Graeme Smith reviewed an lbw appeal by Kleinveldt which was shown to have jagged back too much and was only clipping, then Guptill responded by crashing the next ball through the off side.

However, when Kleinveldt returned for his second spell he won the battle. His third ball caught Guptill on the back foot and took the top of off stump. The batsman suggested the delivery had kept low, but he was let down by his footwork. The same can be said of Daniel Flynn who played a flat-footed drive to complete a desperate pair. He will be very lucky to retain his place, despite New Zealand's slim resources.

Guptill had been the main run-scorer early on because Brendon McCullum played another innings contrary to his natural instincts, this time so much so that he dug himself into a hole. Clearly the captain feels under pressure not to gift his wicket, and that is understandable, but he has yet to define what sort of batsman he will be while also leading the side.

His 11 off 57 balls was his slowest Test innings over 10 (nudging ahead of his first-innings effort here) and was ended when he missed a straight delivery from Peterson which struck the back leg. Peterson settled into a probing, economical spell which allowed Smith to rotate his fast bowlers in short bursts. In the penultimate over of the session a ball skidded low and took the under-edge of Kane Williamson's cut shot into the stumps.

While New Zealand's top four have, on the whole, struggled painfully over these two Tests, Brownlie and Watling will emerge with their reputations enhanced. Brownlie showed the same counter-punching style he displayed at Newlands and Watling was quick to pick off anything loose, although also escaped with two edges off Kleinveldt - one went through the slips, the other off the inside edge past the keeper. Their resistance led to Smith bringing himself and Alviro Petersen on for rare overs as the day finished amid loud renditions of the national anthem but a slightly more sedate feel on the pitch.

During the morning New Zealand appeared to be hurtling towards another double-figure embarrassment as Steyn ripped through the lower order. However, Watling and Trent Boult added 59 for the last wicket, just three less than the other nine wickets beforehand.

Resuming on 47 for 6, which soon became 62 for 9, Steyn helped himself to a cheap haul. Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner received testing, swinging, deliveries but Jeetan Patel again showed no stomach for the battle as he backed away to the leg side. That was too easy for Steyn.

Watling stood tall amid the wreckage during a 75-ball half-century and Boult provided unexpected support at No. 11. In the main, Boult at least tried to stay in line and hammered a straight six down the ground which resulted in a smashed window. It is about the only significant damage New Zealand have caused in this series.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • pops2 on January 14, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    NZ's absence of test quality opening bats nicely illustrates their value an importance. It's the single biggest reason why they are in so much trouble. As a saffer, I can only rely on what I read here as to who they have in the wings and I'm afraid Taylor and Ryder are also not quality openers. Do you really have no solid openers? If not then you will find England a handful.

    Secondly, the way the batters are able to improve so dramatically in the second innings smacks of poor preparation, or else there is an issue in the change room, whether it is lack of motivation, discord or distrust. Something is seriously wrong.

    Desperate measures are also not going to help. In this test only Watling is showing application, now there are calls for him to open. He will fail and then nobody will make any runs. Leave him where he belongs.

  • on January 13, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    New Zealand need some new openers. Guptil is not an opening batsmen in test cricket. Bj watling should gives the gloves back to mccullum and focus on opening the batting. Flynn should be dropped as he doesn't contribute with the bat or ball. Taylor needs to come back and brownlie should possibly bat at number 3.

    Minus one opener which nz are on the look out the team should be

    Watling (Vacancy for decent opener) Brownlie Taylor Williamson Mccullum(wkt) Munro Bracewell Boult Wagner Bruce martin

  • Mitch1066 on January 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Reason Bangladesh get criticised I don't believe they ever even won test match against England Pakistan India New Zealand Australia Shri Lanka etc so that why they should not have test status maybe odi

  • righthandbat on January 14, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    New Zealand need to go back to the drawing board. The key thing is to forget the averages etc etc, just look for solid technqiues - like leaving the ball, ability to play the short ball, strong on the onside, good at rotating the strike. Give these players a game and stick with them for a good 5-10 tests. Pick a dedicated keeper - that is, pick the best possible with the gloves and don't worry if they score runs. Don't even think about all-rounders.

  • gothetaniwha on January 14, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Time for Watling to go back to opening , he's proven he can bat time ,give him a decent run , bring Ronchi in to Keep ,as for Rutherford another Otago batsman really ,the last Otago batsman to actually contribute to NZ was Glen Turner 40 years ago .Richardson doesn,t count . Ken Rutherford av only 27 .

  • on January 14, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Lol..... I feel bad for New Zealand.... And feel sorry for Bangladesh. Cause even a slightest mistake made by a Bangladeshi team, every other critics just jump on them and question about the test status. Now who's status is for taking?

  • nzcricket174 on January 14, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Patel and Flynn will not play Test cricket again. Their performances in this series have truly been shocking. The man who needs a turn, a decent length one, is Hamish Rutherford. This guy has shown the will to grind out runs in First Class cricket. He also is willing to learn. I know this because he struggled when he first entered the scene, he couldn't make a run to save his life. He went back to club cricket for a while and worked on his game, playing the odd game for the Volts. All the hard work and determination paid off as he has been on a golden run since last season. I would dearly like to see him get a chance, a two series chance, much like Dean Elgar.

  • n5570 on January 14, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    This is the worst nz side in history, my justification for this is their collective lack of courage and fight when the going gets tough. I am a New Zealander and a cricket tragic and to see the rank cowardice sown by these imitation test cricketers makes my blood boil. Shame on all of you, especially the evil puppet master hessen.

  • reywob on January 14, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    Team for vs Eng, Watling,Redmond,McCullum,Taylor,Brownlie,Munro(Ryder),Ronchi,Vettori( B Martin).southee,Bracewell,Boult(wagner) Time to change-Tear up contracts and show that there is a consequence when you make mistakes-Hessons should be the first torn up

  • Lermy on January 13, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    NZ Problems stem from total focus on ODIs that was adopted several years ago. Look at the batting line up. Even first choice players like Taylor and Ryder are really just ODI and T20 players trying to look like test cricketers. None of them have the technique or temperament to play up the order in tests. I'm constantly amazed at how many times they get out playing bad shots to ordinary balls. NZ should be stripped of its test playing status, which would be the ultimate fulfillment of its own choice to go for flashy attacking players. McCullum as test opener? Give me a break!!! Against Fiji maybe!

  • pops2 on January 14, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    NZ's absence of test quality opening bats nicely illustrates their value an importance. It's the single biggest reason why they are in so much trouble. As a saffer, I can only rely on what I read here as to who they have in the wings and I'm afraid Taylor and Ryder are also not quality openers. Do you really have no solid openers? If not then you will find England a handful.

    Secondly, the way the batters are able to improve so dramatically in the second innings smacks of poor preparation, or else there is an issue in the change room, whether it is lack of motivation, discord or distrust. Something is seriously wrong.

    Desperate measures are also not going to help. In this test only Watling is showing application, now there are calls for him to open. He will fail and then nobody will make any runs. Leave him where he belongs.

  • on January 13, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    New Zealand need some new openers. Guptil is not an opening batsmen in test cricket. Bj watling should gives the gloves back to mccullum and focus on opening the batting. Flynn should be dropped as he doesn't contribute with the bat or ball. Taylor needs to come back and brownlie should possibly bat at number 3.

    Minus one opener which nz are on the look out the team should be

    Watling (Vacancy for decent opener) Brownlie Taylor Williamson Mccullum(wkt) Munro Bracewell Boult Wagner Bruce martin

  • Mitch1066 on January 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Reason Bangladesh get criticised I don't believe they ever even won test match against England Pakistan India New Zealand Australia Shri Lanka etc so that why they should not have test status maybe odi

  • righthandbat on January 14, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    New Zealand need to go back to the drawing board. The key thing is to forget the averages etc etc, just look for solid technqiues - like leaving the ball, ability to play the short ball, strong on the onside, good at rotating the strike. Give these players a game and stick with them for a good 5-10 tests. Pick a dedicated keeper - that is, pick the best possible with the gloves and don't worry if they score runs. Don't even think about all-rounders.

  • gothetaniwha on January 14, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Time for Watling to go back to opening , he's proven he can bat time ,give him a decent run , bring Ronchi in to Keep ,as for Rutherford another Otago batsman really ,the last Otago batsman to actually contribute to NZ was Glen Turner 40 years ago .Richardson doesn,t count . Ken Rutherford av only 27 .

  • on January 14, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Lol..... I feel bad for New Zealand.... And feel sorry for Bangladesh. Cause even a slightest mistake made by a Bangladeshi team, every other critics just jump on them and question about the test status. Now who's status is for taking?

  • nzcricket174 on January 14, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Patel and Flynn will not play Test cricket again. Their performances in this series have truly been shocking. The man who needs a turn, a decent length one, is Hamish Rutherford. This guy has shown the will to grind out runs in First Class cricket. He also is willing to learn. I know this because he struggled when he first entered the scene, he couldn't make a run to save his life. He went back to club cricket for a while and worked on his game, playing the odd game for the Volts. All the hard work and determination paid off as he has been on a golden run since last season. I would dearly like to see him get a chance, a two series chance, much like Dean Elgar.

  • n5570 on January 14, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    This is the worst nz side in history, my justification for this is their collective lack of courage and fight when the going gets tough. I am a New Zealander and a cricket tragic and to see the rank cowardice sown by these imitation test cricketers makes my blood boil. Shame on all of you, especially the evil puppet master hessen.

  • reywob on January 14, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    Team for vs Eng, Watling,Redmond,McCullum,Taylor,Brownlie,Munro(Ryder),Ronchi,Vettori( B Martin).southee,Bracewell,Boult(wagner) Time to change-Tear up contracts and show that there is a consequence when you make mistakes-Hessons should be the first torn up

  • Lermy on January 13, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    NZ Problems stem from total focus on ODIs that was adopted several years ago. Look at the batting line up. Even first choice players like Taylor and Ryder are really just ODI and T20 players trying to look like test cricketers. None of them have the technique or temperament to play up the order in tests. I'm constantly amazed at how many times they get out playing bad shots to ordinary balls. NZ should be stripped of its test playing status, which would be the ultimate fulfillment of its own choice to go for flashy attacking players. McCullum as test opener? Give me a break!!! Against Fiji maybe!

  • on January 13, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    @Hawkseyefocussed : Why would you bring in India and BD and compare them to this series, im pretty sure you are Paki, besides India atleast managed to reach the No.1 Test spot, which is great feat in itself, they are going through a rough phase just like the Aussie were going through when all their greats retired, transition happens in all nations once legends retire.

    Good luck to New Zealand, i hope they come good in the future and work on their technique and temperament. NZ and all other nations should start building 3 teams from now onwards, 1 for T20, ODI's and Tests respectively, only then there will be a balance and nations will start performing in all 3 formats.

  • on January 13, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta I'm guessing you are talking about Kane Williamson? Being a Kiwi living in OZ I notice a lot of Aussie's do not follow (closely)anything that does not involve Australia. Williamson has a Century against this very S.A bowling attack, scored in NZ. So he has talented, I think he is suited to number 4. Taylor should be 3,Williamson 4, Brownlie 5, Watling 6 or open.

  • kangaroussy on January 13, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    @TommyTuckerSaffa, I lived in NZ for a few years until 2009, and I used to call McCullum the DumbSlog Millionaire. I never saw him grind out a 170 ball century, even when that what was what the game situation required.

  • dalboy12 on January 13, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Need to be realistic in our selections, McCullum is never going to keep wicket in tests again, it's not he doesn't want to, its cos he can't - his knees are gone. Not many in the history of cricket have managed to bat in the top 5 and keep over a long career in tests - so it will be interesting to see how long de Villers keeps it up. Also Ryder is not available for England series, he has already said so. Why not give Rutherford a go opening, he is a young guy. Not sure if Vettori is around. Patel & Flynn will not play again for a long time hopefully. Either Guptil or McCullum has to remain as an opener as I'm not convinced that Watling should go up there. My team assuming Vettori, Taylor and Southee are back and given Ryder is not, would be: McCullum, Rutherford, Williamson, Taylor, Guptil, Brownlie, Watling, Vettori, Southee, Bracewell, Boult ------ other options are Ronchi, and Watling as batsman only, and give McClenaghan a go instead of Boult who was poor in this test

  • on January 13, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    If Watling & Brownlie can make runs against SA's stellar attack, they can make runs against *any* attack, which means that this tour, ostensibly disastrous for NZ, may well turn out to have been a blessing in disguise, as it's sorted out the men from the boys. If Taylor, Ryder, Vettori & Southee all return for NZ against England - & Luke Ronchi is drafted in as keeper - they're more than capable of giving us a run for our money. A line-up of McCullum (sans his Chris Tavare impression), Watling (opening in place of Guptill), Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Brownlie, Ronchi (WK), Vettori, Southee, Bracewell & Boult looks pretty good to me.

  • LestatdeLioncourt on January 13, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Heres the lineup (assuming no Fat Jesse)

    1) Watling 2) McCullum 3) Taylor 4) Williamson 5) Brownlee 6) Guptil 7) Vetorri 8) Southee 9) Bracewell 10) Martin 11) Boult

  • on January 13, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    @Martin Crowther & Michael Dickson; McCullum won't keep in Tests again due to a bad back. Vettori should be back for the England series, allowing him to bat at 7 and be the spin option. Luke Ronchi should be the gloveman, allowing Watling to open the batting. McCullum will continue to open as long as he wants to, unfortunately. I agree with McClenaghan for Wagner. Although he's only played on tracks that don't help the quicks at all, Wagner just hasn't looked the goods.

  • on January 13, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    I think they should pick Luke Ronchi as keeper for the England games. He's a better batsman than the rest of the Kiwis at any rate. Although an Aussie, he was born in Kiwi Land and his family are proud NZers.

  • SladeR on January 13, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    As an armchair selector, based on current form and assuming complete fitness my test XI.

    Redmond, McCullum (cpt - wish it was otherwise), Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Watling (wkt), Vettori, Bracewell, Southee, Boult, Milne.

    or if Ryder allowed selection

    Redmond, McCullum (cpt - wish it was otherwise), Taylor, Williamson, Ryder, Brownlie, Watling (wkt), Vettori, Bracewell, Southee, Boult.

    if Vettori was not fit, then I would throw B. Martin or Sohdi in since they cannot be any worse than Patel/Astle/Nethula.

    Tomorrow I will post a completely different XI based on the current consistency of NZ players/selectors/coaches/fitness/phase of the moon/chinese new year calendar.

  • corzaNZ on January 13, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    I think its safe to say that Flynn and Patels test careers are over, and hopefully they take Franklin with them but who knows with these NZ selectors anything is possible. Good to see Guptill finally get some runs before the one dayers but i dont think that will or should save his spot in the test team unless he drops down the order but not quite sure where he would fit in 1.Rutherford 2.McCullum 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.Brownlie 6.Watling(wk) 7.Munro 8.Vettori 9.Southee 10.Bracewell 11.Boult i think that would be a decent team to take on England with and do reasonbly well

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 13, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    I dont think mcullum is suited for Test cricket full stop. Not because he is not talented - far from it but because he seems to constantly fighting these inner demons not to attack and as soon as pressure is released he plays a rash shot and gets himself out. He's done this on several occasions on this tour. I dont think Wagner is up to scratch and NZ have better seamers coming through and back from injury.

    The team to face England will be much better, it will have Taylor, Vettori and Southee back in it (Jessy Ryder wont be ready in time apparently) Simon Doull mentioned a kiwi starting lineup on twitter - it looked good.

  • Safalicious on January 13, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    How on earth does Patel rate batting at 10? Even the Phantom would bat ahead of him.

  • SurlyCynic on January 13, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Good to see some fight from NZ. Let's see if these two can stick around until the new ball, otherwise the tail may struggle. And good to see the game go into day 4.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    New Zealand team has become India and BD in losing tests!!! Let's see who wins the race in losing maximum tests in 2013!!! Fingers crossed!!!

  • BasilD on January 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    It' s only a matter of time before this match ends in SA's favour! The demise of NZ was but confirmed when Kleinveldt took those two wickets in succession.

  • RichDeGroen on January 13, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I agree that Guptill doesn't look like a test opener. I've always seen him as a player much like Nathan Astle; an aggressive, natural strokemaker that can play at the top in the shorter version but should be down the order in tests. McCullum is also not a test opener, and in fact his game is in freefall. He hasn't found a tempo for batting in tests. He's defending hard right now but getting himself totally stuck. Then he plays rash shot or has a lapse in concentration. 70+ tests and a poor career thats been going backwards for several years, I think its time he had a break from the test side. Unfortunately, stupidly, he's just been made captain...

    Good to see Watling and Brownlie battling hard. Maybe the one positive to take out of this series is a middle order axis that looks like they have their game worked out.

  • sasi on January 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    nz test side vs england Walting, ryder, guptil, tylor, willamson, mccullam, ronchi (wk)i, vetorie, bracewell, southee, boult.

  • on January 13, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    I am curious about Kane Richardson's selection. Since his name is not that familiar outside Australia, I took at a look at his personal data. Nothing impressive. Except that he is young (21). Does anyone know, any other credential/s for him to be in the national team?

  • on January 13, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Martin Crowther, I would probably go with the same side, but put McClenaghan in place of Wagner. Wagner has been an abject disappointment once again.

  • on January 13, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    So styen's pace,out-swingers are fading, isnt it?! Forget martin, seeing patel bat is most entertaining scene in cricket now, just look at his face when steyn began runup, you cant stop laughing.

  • Harinasi on January 13, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    This NZ squad is like that Indian team without Tendulkar from the 90's, except, this team doesn't have someone like him YET, being an Indian ( fan) and a New Zealand admirer, I am feeling really bad looking at their situation they are in now...Next innings, I hope to see someone rise up to occassion, if it is not "a too much expectation" from them....right now...but can they repeat 2001 Kolkata in this match ?? If it happens, NZ would be back with a bang ! ! !

  • SurlyCynic on January 13, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Watching Patel bat is like watching my Grandmother try to drive on a highway. At least she shows a bit more courage though.

  • SurlyCynic on January 13, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Watching Patel bat is like watching my Grandmother try to drive on a highway. At least she shows a bit more courage though.

  • Harinasi on January 13, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    This NZ squad is like that Indian team without Tendulkar from the 90's, except, this team doesn't have someone like him YET, being an Indian ( fan) and a New Zealand admirer, I am feeling really bad looking at their situation they are in now...Next innings, I hope to see someone rise up to occassion, if it is not "a too much expectation" from them....right now...but can they repeat 2001 Kolkata in this match ?? If it happens, NZ would be back with a bang ! ! !

  • on January 13, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    So styen's pace,out-swingers are fading, isnt it?! Forget martin, seeing patel bat is most entertaining scene in cricket now, just look at his face when steyn began runup, you cant stop laughing.

  • on January 13, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Martin Crowther, I would probably go with the same side, but put McClenaghan in place of Wagner. Wagner has been an abject disappointment once again.

  • on January 13, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    I am curious about Kane Richardson's selection. Since his name is not that familiar outside Australia, I took at a look at his personal data. Nothing impressive. Except that he is young (21). Does anyone know, any other credential/s for him to be in the national team?

  • sasi on January 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    nz test side vs england Walting, ryder, guptil, tylor, willamson, mccullam, ronchi (wk)i, vetorie, bracewell, southee, boult.

  • RichDeGroen on January 13, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I agree that Guptill doesn't look like a test opener. I've always seen him as a player much like Nathan Astle; an aggressive, natural strokemaker that can play at the top in the shorter version but should be down the order in tests. McCullum is also not a test opener, and in fact his game is in freefall. He hasn't found a tempo for batting in tests. He's defending hard right now but getting himself totally stuck. Then he plays rash shot or has a lapse in concentration. 70+ tests and a poor career thats been going backwards for several years, I think its time he had a break from the test side. Unfortunately, stupidly, he's just been made captain...

    Good to see Watling and Brownlie battling hard. Maybe the one positive to take out of this series is a middle order axis that looks like they have their game worked out.

  • BasilD on January 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    It' s only a matter of time before this match ends in SA's favour! The demise of NZ was but confirmed when Kleinveldt took those two wickets in succession.

  • HawksEyeFocused on January 13, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    New Zealand team has become India and BD in losing tests!!! Let's see who wins the race in losing maximum tests in 2013!!! Fingers crossed!!!

  • SurlyCynic on January 13, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Good to see some fight from NZ. Let's see if these two can stick around until the new ball, otherwise the tail may struggle. And good to see the game go into day 4.