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

South Africa wrap up huge innings victory

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

January 14, 2013

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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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Dale Steyn bowled with fire during the evening session, South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 2nd day, January 12, 2013
Dale Steyn wrapped up the Test match with three more wickets © Gallo Images

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.

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  • The innings and 193-run win is South Africa's largest against New Zealand surpassing the innings and 180-run win in Wellington in 1953. It is also the second-largest victory margin in Tests in Port Elizabeth.
  • For the first time, South Africa beat New Zealand by an innings in two consecutive Tests. In the 1950s, they had registered three innings wins in five Tests.
  • South Africa's win-loss ratio (7.00) against New Zealand since the hosts' readmission to Tests is the third-highest against a particular opposition after Australia's 14.00 (against Sri Lanka) and Australia's 8.50 (against New Zealand).
  • Dale Steyn's match figures of 8 for 65 are his third-best against New Zealand. It is also the fourth-best bowling performance in a Test in Port Elizabeth since South Africa's readmission.
  • BJ Watling scored his second half-century of the match. He is only the seventh New Zealand player (first wicketkeeper) to make two fifty-plus scores in a Test against South Africa.

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.

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Posted by Greatest_Game 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.

Posted by EnglishCricket 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.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ 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.

Posted by philander50 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.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas 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..

Posted by Green_Team 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 . . .

Posted by LewisDuckworth 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.

Posted by Marcus50c 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.

Posted by THE_MIZ 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??

Posted by Green_Team 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 ..

Posted by C.A-SA1987 on (January 14, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

@ all my fellow PROTEA supporters:

Please do not allow yourself to get drawn into this silly smack talk which of some of the Paki fans are instigating.

The series will be played, the results will be decided.

Lets comment then. For now, our strength lays in our silence and humility.

Posted by Glenn10 on (January 14, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

The series against Englend will be allot closer. I put up a team yesterday that looked 5 times stronger than what we fielded yesterday. Sadly McCullum has stated we will tinker but mainly with this group. Seriouslly?? Everyone blamed our batting, but our bowling was average. Had we had the SA attack and they had our attack, who would have won? Sure they have great Batsmen but they NEVER face their own attack. They win, because they bowl sides out cheaply. There is no substutute for pace and until we get brave with selections nothing will change. Im not saying Southee or Boult shouldn't be there, we just need a Steyn type weapon. We've found some test techniques that work in Watling and Brownlie, but watching some others was painful. Munro looked so far out of his depth you knew the end was near and it was. Because of 20/20 most NZ 1st class batsmen now bat far to loose for test cricket and good bowlers are belted which is not helpful. Earmark futur test players and get them out of T20

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 14, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

I really don't understand how New Zealand often get to play with SA, Aus, Eng, Ind, Pak and why Bangladesh don't get to play with these nations often. New Zealand thoroughly deserves to be stripped-off their main test status and relegated to a lower tier. This is appalling cricket by them. I think soon India, Srilanka and probably West Indies also need to be relegated down. But New Zealand should be the first team to be relegated down into a lower tier. ICC should act now to save test cricket from these meaningless series which are only going to hurt test cricket. Bangladesh on the other hand play with a bigger heart and put up lot of fight against the leading nations as opposed to New Zealand. It's sad, but New Zealand has to go.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (January 14, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

@irfankiyani No SA fan here is underestimating Pakistanis. We are not stupid to do that. The problem is most Paki fans are saying things like 'we have many Dale Steyn's' and SA is 'only a good team in SA conditions'. I must add here that SA is currently the best team away from home. We haven't lost an away series since 2006!

Posted by NostroGustro on (January 14, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Well done South Africa! From a cricketing perspective it is fantastic to watch some of your players (sorry but watching Biff bat gives me a gut ache). You have a large number of world class players (Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, Steyn, Philander) and should dominate world cricket for a few years yet.

From a NZer's perspective, it was painful to watch. I'm sorry our blokes couldn't give you a better challenge. But there is hope that we can rise to number 4 or 5 in the world in the next few years with the players we have.

@ the Bangladesh supporters (and others) on here calling for our removal from Test cricket, with respect, go away. We need to include as many teams as possible, all playing each other as frequently as possible. There'll be mis-matches for awhile but it is one of the ways that teams will improve.

Posted by Riz000 on (January 14, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

hi we should beat south africa easily next month

Posted by Soso_killer on (January 14, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

@Irfankyani you need to hold your horses there buddy. SA fans are being provoked to make aggressive statements here.

No one in SA is underestimating Pak, but i think Pakistan fans are either overestimating their team or provoking aggression, which is unnecessary coz i am also looking forward to a tough series.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

@irfankyani, maybe you haven't seen Steyn in the Subcontinent.... Does the following text ring any bells? : Nagpur, India, 2010, = Steyn 7/51?

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

@Rick_T am not a big follower of NZ cricket, but this was a FANTASTIC analysis :)

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 14, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

@Rick-T: Losing 65 in 75 tests is way far better than having the worst record for being boweld out under 50 runs several times( cant remember exact numbers).it took 30 years for NZ to see their first terms of years we are way better than you

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

@ The Miz!! U r wrong buddy, last time pak was in sa, pak lost a closely fought series 2-1 in 2006-07.

Posted by Rick_T on (January 14, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

BOND_007 - I forgot to address your comment about New Zealand "harming the dignity of Test cricket".

Although NZ was all out for 45 the other day, they aren't the only ones to get low scores. Only a year ago, Australia was all out for 47. And 4 years ago, England was all out for 51.

While NZ does hold the record for the lowest completed innings of 26, you omit the fact that this happened in 1955 (58 years ago).

At least NZ have only scored less than 40 in Test cricket on one occasion. South Africa have done it on 4 occasions, scoring 36, 35, 30 and 30. Maybe you should be asking the ICC to remove South Africa's Test status?

Posted by LahoriLion009 on (January 14, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

I always reckn SA a very good side in world cricket in all formates but what disappoints me is their failure in pressure matches (World cup) just like pakistan did against india. Want to see a close Pak vs SA series. FROM PAK FAN

Posted by Rick_T on (January 14, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

BOND_007 - You think New Zealand should lose their Test status ahead of Bangladesh? Are you nuts?

Bangladesh have played 75 Test matches, lost 65, drawn 7 and only won 3; 1 against Zimbabwe and 2 against the West Indies. Bangladesh have played NZ 9 times for 8 losses and 1 draw.

In contrast NZ have never lost to Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. NZ have a winning record against Sri Lanka and almost against the West Indies.

Also, New Zealand has defeated every country in Test matches at least 7 times with the exception of South Africa who did not play Test cricket from 1970 to 1992 (NZ's best cricket period was from 1982 to 1987 when they were often ranked No. 2 behind the mighty West Indian team). From 1980 to 1987 New Zealand won Test series against all countries defeating West Indies once, ENG twice, AUS twice, SRI twice, IND once & PAK once.

I suggest you comment on a sport you know about.

Posted by irfankiani on (January 14, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Many SF fans underestimating pakistan and give the refrence of 2010 batting paradise dead pitches of uae to prove how well they paly ajmal. I want to say them please be logical if dale steyn moving the at 145kph he is good bowler but pitch also favour him. Why won,t he do that in subcontinent and if you feel your batsman play ajmal very well in every type of pitch than make the pitch which assist spinners more like england tour in uae 2012.Every thing wil clear practically.I want to say good luck both teams for tour. cricinfo plz publish

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 14, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

I'm not writing off Pakistan, they have a fearsome bowling line-up. I'm just not convinced by their batsmen.As I said before it's going to be a close one..but we'll see.

Posted by shovwar on (January 14, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

@Nigah...Pakistan is a great team but some of pakistan fans like u overestimate your team. U can say whatever you want about pakistan having many Dale Steyns which goes on to show how well Pakistan fans know cricket. Is there any fast bowlers from Pakistan in the top 10? Maybe. Maybe i havent noticed. Yes i see Ajmal (a spinner/ Dale Steyn?) there but he could not beat SA in UAE how do u expect him to beat SA in SA. If Pakistan has many Dale Steyns than I can say I am better than Dale Steyn. They are both irrelevant statements. Remember What happened when SA was in Pakistan in 2005. Dale Steyn beat Pakistan in Pakistan. Anyway i hope Pakistan put up a great fight but it wont be as tough as the Aussie series that we won. SA will win (Insha AllaH) As for the KIWIS, they need to go play the current Indian team to get back to winning ways. India is a good hunting ground at the moment.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 14, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Pakistan will be wiped out by south africa. Pakistan had to sweat to chase down 227,167 in india. So only god knows what wiill happen to pakistan.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 14, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Congrats to my beloved proteas on an emphatic series win. Dale Steyn was awesome, bolwing at 147kph and swinging it at 145 kph..what a treat. In SA we appreciate good batting AND good bowling. Faff and Lord Hashim Amla were awesome, we are blessed to have such talent.

Cant wait for the Pakistani series, any fellow saffas who think the pakistanis will be pushovers are very foolish indeed. They have excellent seam bowlers and very skillful batsmen, I rate them at no.3 in the world. They will be tough opponents, cant wait !!!!! To all the fans in st georges cricket ground, thank you for making test cricket such an epic spectacle in SA.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (January 14, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

@first_slip Reality check. I just checked the reality. I had to go a long way back to see when was the last time Pakistan beat SA. You couldn't beat SA in UAE actually. I remember DeVilliers spanking the sorry Paki players. And if you can get the footage of that series, just see how Kallis hit sixes off Ajmal. Nothing against Ajmal but just look at those shots and tell me how you feel(I agree that Ajmal is a much improved player and world class, no doubt, so please don't start on that).

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

New Zealand are slowly becoming new Zimbabwe.They just cant compete against test playing nations in ODI's and tests.Internal politics and injury issues killing NZ cricket.Players like Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor are required to solve their respective issues to save the face of NZ cricket.They should come back in to the team if NZ want to cling on to their test status.Cricket already lost Zim. and cant lose another test playing nation as there are very few nations playing test cricket.Hope state of NZ cricket will improve and this will be a very different team altogether against England.All the best guys.

Posted by Lovetesh on (January 14, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

SA vs Pak would be good series to watch. Both teams have good fast bowlers but Pakistan has better spinner in Ajmal. But then SA batsmen are more accomplished than Pakistan's. It should be a competitive series unlike this one.

Posted by kingsmead_mamba on (January 14, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

I urge my fellow sa fans not to to get to confident. When aus were no.1 they were whipping the no.2 ranked sides. Those wins in eng and aus where very close. Lets not even discuss nz. Pakistan have far superior bowlers that will test our batsman. Lets remain unbeaten for next 2years till we compare ourselves to great west indies and aus sides.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

People want bangladesh to be stripped of its test status. Now what about NZ? Lowest score of 26 in test cricket.few days ago nz were bowled out for 45. Doesnt it harm test cricket dignity?

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 14, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

@Riz000, you need good batsmen good batsmen with top techniques to beat us here. Pakistan couldn't handle a poor Indian attack! B Kumar bowling 125kph swinging balls were too much in some matches. Try Dale Steyn's 147kph outswingers on a seaming wicket and then talk.

Posted by letsgoproteas on (January 14, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

I still recon the kiwis will give England a run for their money.

Proteas are strong and thats great! Boom!

Posted by tickcric on (January 14, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Guys if you haven't already do check BJ Watling b Steyn. It's divine!

Posted by king78787 on (January 14, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

bowlers wise they should get rid of patel for vettori when he is fit and southsee for wagner when he is fit

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 14, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

@first_slip, reality check? really? We've already been to the UAE and guess what? Pakistan couldn't beat us on those dustbowls. Remember De villiers scoring 278*? The last time we were in Pakistan we won the test series. The last time pakistan were here (SA), they lost 3-1 to a 'weaker' SA team. Pakistan has a quality bowling attack and only half decent batsmen. @Nigah, you have many Dale Steyns?? What a joke! You guys have one world-class bowler in the top 10 (Ajmal)! Junaid, Gul, M.Irfan are all good, but not in the class of SA's bowling attack!

Posted by king78787 on (January 14, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

new zealand NEED better batsmen. Taylor, ryder should replace munro, flynn. Mc cullum should drop down the order, ryder should open with taylor at no4 brownlie at no5 watling at no6 or no7 and mc cullum at no7 or no6

Posted by Keithnkin on (January 14, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Gives me the shivers just thinking what the comments would have been like if NZ was BD!

Posted by Riz000 on (January 14, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

we are touring south Africa next and we will beat them easily like we beated england so called no 1 team in dubai last year 3-0 white washed JUST WAIT U LOT

Posted by Last_ride on (January 14, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

@first_slip mate we would gladly send our team to Sl. Infact they chickened out by pulling the matches out. Regarding Uae you must remember that we drew there last time. And with the team we have now we would easily wipe the floor with you.@Edson Khorommbi well said mate.

Posted by Last_ride on (January 14, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

@Nigah "Sa have only one Dale Steyn while in Pakistan have many." Clearly shows your knowledge on cricket. Tell me one good bowler who is better or at least equal to Steyn. Your so called great Ajmal will be ineffective in Bouncing conditions. Your pathetic Batsman i doubt will even cross 200 in any Innings.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (January 14, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

There is no doubt that Pakistan has a very dangerous pace attack. But can anyone assure me they will not under perform(deliberately)? With Pakistan, you never know!

Posted by first_slip on (January 14, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

@ Keith Le Roux , Mate Send your Team over to Sri lanka or PAkistan (UAE), you will get reality check...

Posted by SuperSharky on (January 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Yes, the Black Caps need Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram now. A New Zealand team that could win this South African team, will be "In their prime years" 1 - Stephen Fleming (Capt.), 2 - Ken Rutherford, 3 - Martin Crowe, 4 - Ross Taylor, 5 - Nathan Astle, 6 - Chris Cairns, 7 - Richard Hadlee, 8 - Brendon McCullum (WtKp), 9 - Chris Harris, 10 - Daniel Vettori, 11 - Shane Bond.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

If it were not for the fans in the other venue Proteas could have saced themselves the travel, declared on their 1st innings score & allowed Kiwis their 4 innings for the series. in a regular 90 overs a day match They would still have had more than a session (43 overs) to chase the 127 run lead the Kiwis would have gotten after their 4 innings lol test cricket is a lot more exciting now than Australia / West Indies were flying solo. a 3 tiered system would make more sense S/A Eng & Aus Pakistan in tier 1 , India W/I & S/L in tier 2 & N/Z , Bang, Zimb & Ireland in tier 3 with allowance for the iconic series such as Wisden, Frank Worrell , Pataudi & Border- Gavaskar Trophies & India vs Pakistan wonder how that contest never got a trophy name ? maybe the Gavaskar- Khan Trophy

Posted by Jo_dV on (January 14, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Tough times for the Kiwis.... you got to feel for them. I hope they are more competitive against us in the ODI's.

Well done to GS and the boys.... let's keep our feet on the ground do the same job on Pakistan!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Now just so we be on the same page.. After beating NZ last year the talk was:: "Wait until England", We beat them too and the talk changed too::" Wait until Australia", We beat them in their backyard also, And now We humiliated the Kiwis and another talk has begun:: "Wait until Pakistan come".. Pakistan is not a threat at all and we await them..

Is it so hard to appreciate and say: The Proteas are Magnificent, and end it there, What happens behing NZ's closed doors is none of our concerns, their players were out of form and some were whereever they where, not a big deal as every country have their own issues and its up to them to sort it out themselves.

Posted by Nigah on (January 14, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

@Marktc this was the desire of all Britain when their team was ready to play with Pakistan, so you know what was happens you have a same desire so be conscious. SA have only one Dayle Steyn while in Pakistan have many. (Insha Allah)

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

I believe its time Black Caps Test cricket status is taken away.....Bangladesh plays with more GUTS.......they should reconstruct their team from foundation......

Posted by class9ryan on (January 14, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Dominance from South Africa ... One of the best test sides in this era ... d Proteas (du plessis i should say) just saved their hands from d lion's mouth ( that drawn match at Adelaide ) and suddenly they have looked unbeatable from the Perth test... What a phenomenal side ... Good openers (smith & petersen) , incredible middle-order(amla, kallis, de villiers), one of d best all rounder( kallis ) and more than handy part timers and top class batsmen( du plessis, elgar, duminy) ... Never forget d bowling - steamy steyn, bouncy morkel, simple peterson and d swingy philander ... almost all bases covered

Posted by Pro_Zack on (January 14, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Nice one SA. Congrats to Biff, team & Gary. Total contribution by all. Thought Watling had a great (personal) tour (all things considered).Chin up NZ, you guys are tenacious, and proud. Thanks for coming.

Posted by tony122 on (January 14, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Amla makes so many run these days that SA batsmen get to bat only once.

Posted by Maloog on (January 14, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

New Zealand was sub-standard. Many,if not all the provincial teams would have whipped them in three days. This is no Test team.

Posted by StaalBurgher on (January 14, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Yeah the NZ-hate is a bit much. They were missing a number of players as well. Not that would probably not have won 2-0 but it might have been a harder fight. Lots of teams have been white washed. NZ obviously need to do some thinking but they haven't regressed from an overall perspective. SA has just gotten better and they are in a personnel + form slump.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 14, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

The Kiwis are better than this, much better. It's a shame that the timing of all that garbage that went on with the Taylor episode hampered preparations. A critical review & cleanup is a must. Let's not forget, folks, that the Kiwis drew a series in Sri Lanka, (& Australia) in the past 12 onths, no mean feat by any means.

Posted by MeijiMura on (January 14, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Although New Zealand will put up a much better fight on home soil it shouldn't prevent wholesale changes being made to the team to face England. There can be no excuses from the selectors not to re-admit Taylor and Ryder to the side whilst they would be well-advised to call-up Ronchi now that he is available to represent New Zealand at international level. Hopefully Southee and Vettori will have recovered from their injuries to add the much needed skill, experience and steel that has been missing from New Zealand's performances of late. A side that reads: Guptill, B.McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Brownlie, Ronchi, Vettori, Southee, Bracewell and Boult would be a force to be reckoned with at home not to mention being a far more competitive outfit on the road than the playing XI that represented New Zealand in South Africa. Whether the New Zealand selectors are up to the task of taking the necessary drastic actions to do this is another issue altogether though.

Posted by Rick_T on (January 14, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

@Keith Le Roux - Don't tell me I don't know about cricket when you obviously didn't read clearly what I had written. I never mentioned NZ's wins. You did. You should read carefully what people write before commenting.

My point is related to many comments made about NZ's performance (losing 2 consecutive Tests by an innings). Nothing else. I didn't mention wins or ratios or rankings or anything else. All I said was, that if losing 2 consecutive Tests by an innings is a reasonable basis for an outpouring of scorn, then just remember that in the last 3 years, Sri Lanka has done it, Australia has done it (and we were at home) and India has done it twice. And India and Australia losing by worse margins.

Posted by ReubenMitchell on (January 14, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Oh dear, well nothing less than the Black Caps deserve I suppose. But will this actually lead to a change in our hopeless selection policy? I doubt it.... The immediate future of NZ cricket looks very very grim.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

I think ICC should introduce a 2 tier system with relegation and upgrade on a 2year basis. The first group should have the top 6 teams in Test cricket and the next group should have the rest 4 Test teams and 2 new Test teams perhaps Ireland and another team which should be rotated among the top 2-3 teams from associate countries. The teams should play only against the other teams in the same tier and then try for upgrade. This will ensure we do not see such one sided test matches and those in which Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are generally involved.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 14, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

A defeat doesn't mean a loss, may be they will rise like the Phoenix bird, rising from the ash... Best of luck, New Zealand, and well played South Africans... Both are good sides.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Now what NZ cricket commiite will do? Publicly apologize??? or introduce a new man for the selction? An astrolger is better than the Little kimjohn? Astrolger can Predict when they will play better!

They are giving chances to all old players, give a chance to Lou Vincent.

Please bring back Taylor and Ryder other wise another 2 Whitewashes are coming soon.

Get martin crowe in to the Selection committee. Drop the Inventor of the Split captaincy man.

Posted by Rick_T on (January 14, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

gsingh7 - You are saying that New Zealand's Test status should go to Namibia or Afghanistan because NZ was whitewashed 2-0 by South Africa and 2 series earlier, 2-0 by India? That is just about the dumbest thing I have ever read.

What about India then? Last year you were whitewashed 4-0 by Australia and 2 series earlier, 4-0 by England. Being whitewashed 4-0 in 2 series out of 3 had never ever happened before in the history of cricket.

In fact NZ has never been whitewashed 4-0 or 5-0 whereas India has been whitewashed 4-0, 3 times and been whitewashed 5-0, twice.

And India has never whitewashed anyone else 4-0 or 5-0. Based on your logic, clearly it is India that should lose Test status.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

@Rick_T. Sounds like you don't know your cricket either! NZ have been limping for quite some time already. A win here or a win there makes em alright? Crazy notion. A 2 tiered system allows strength vs strength at both levels. Tier 1: SA, Eng, Pak, Aus, Ind, Sri Lanka. Tier 2: NZ, Bangladesh, Windies, Ireland, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe.

Let each tier play their competitions and let the winner of tier 2 play against the bottom placed team of tier 1 in an away / home promotion / relegation game. That way strength vs strength and the teams (lower part of tier 2) also get valuable experience.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

r u kidding that southafrica will have tough competetion aginst pakistan

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 14, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

@gsingh7, your wrong buddy in the 2006-07 tour, it was 2-1 South Africa.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (January 14, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Well done to the Proteas! We gave NZ the hiding they deserved. Having been on the edge of my seat for the last few series', it is a relief to have a comfortable wins (and ranking points!) under the belt. Let's get the Leo Sayers out the way and then roll on 1st Feb and the 1st test against Pakistan.

Posted by Soso_killer on (January 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@SurlyCynic i agree 100% NZ would be favourites against "England", provided that they were playing against England that is :-)

Posted by Smahuta on (January 14, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Well said Julie White. The number one team is expected to hand out hidings like this. Anything less and people say that SA are not deserving of the number one spot.

Posted by Dasarathy on (January 14, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Nothing to boost for SA, because they have beaten the minnows only, but to their strength, they have beaten by huge margin. Better NZ play Zimbabwe and Kenya and not to play against Strengthen cricketing countries to make this game a bore.

Posted by Rick_T on (January 14, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Some of you don't know much about cricket. For those of you that are suggesting there should be a 2 tier competition or that New Zealand should lose their Test status because they have lost 2 consecutive Test matches by an innings, how does the following affect your thinking?

Last year India lost by an innings twice in a row to Australia. 5 months earlier, India lost by an innings twice in a row to England by a worse margin than NZ just did. 7 months before that, Australia lost by an innings twice in a row to England by a worse margin than NZ just did (and we were at home!). A year before that, Sri Lanka lost by an innings twice in a row to India. So I guess that means that Australia, Sri Lanka and India should lose their Test playing status also.

Posted by Simoc on (January 14, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

There was not much to be learnt in this mismatch. I expect Pakistan will provide real opposition and a good series.

Posted by THE_MIZ on (January 14, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

@777aditya, as much as South Africans would enjoy such large wins, its not good news for cricket in general. These 3/4 day innings defeats are unacceptable. In an ideal world, we need more than just a couple of countries competing (not necessarily winning!). As a SA fan, I don't expect us, to hand Pakistan a hiding though I do think SA would win (2-1/1-0). A good hard fought series is what SA need to keep them focused.

Posted by Loyd4148 on (January 14, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Congratulations to Greame and the boys. A thoroughly convincing series win and what pleases me as a Proteas supporter is the balance of the team, which is the envy of the cricketing world. The results were expected of course, but for the guys to accomplish the wins so convincingly is exceptional. Long may their run at the top of the rankings continue. It just goes to show that this Proteas side is not a one man show, all 11 players doing their respective jobs in attaining the wins, and credit must go to Gary Kirsten for that. Hats off to the number one bowler in the world, Dale Steyn "The Phalaborwa Express" as he's affectionately know here in SA. May Steyn's reign at the top last as long as he's still playing :-)

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 14, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

nz whitewashed in india and in sa , their test status should go to namibia or afganistan, at least india drew 1-1 on bth tours last two times

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 14, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

What a sad premature end. I was yearning for the possibility of Wating and Brownlie dragging this game till late today at least. But I knew from the morning that the moment the new ball comes in, wicket possession will start. Congratulations South Africa for not losing a single test match since December 29, 2011. Looking forward to seeing Pakistan challenge South Africa later next month.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Well done Proteas. Pakistan will be a good challenge. They have a good team with strong bowlers. I think the form SA is in at the moment across the board + depth on home conditions will be a tall ask for the PAKs. Im looking forward to that contest. I have no doubt SA will win.

Posted by wanatawu on (January 14, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

This new Zealand test side is probably the worst side to tour SA since Zimbabwe was here a couple of years back, don,t think SA will invite them again anytime soon.

Posted by sanhan on (January 14, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Very easily a good cricket team can be made of very good individuals held together by ticky tacky. At times I felt about SA that way in the past years. However, this Protea side play for one another and for their country. They are busy leaving a legacy that augurs well for cricket generations to come. Any young, talented player would love to play for such a unit. Kleinveldt, Faf and Elgar are proof that the fringe players will not only step up - they help keeping relentless pressure on the opposition. With the present management to screen players' skills and technique as well as enhancing the synergy incessantly, SA can hurt Pakistan as well.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

stop bashing nz. just wait what happens to pakistand and india when they tour saf. i am sure, they story will be almost same.

Posted by 777aditya on (January 14, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

It would be interesting to see if RSA can manage wins of such magnitude against stronger oppositions like Pakistan. Cannot deny the fact that currently this is the best team, though. Each of the 11 players can be match winners (score 100 or take 5 wickets) - wise selection and more importantly superb performance by the young players to repose the faith of the selectors.

Posted by hamza893 on (January 14, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

NZ team is lacking proper test players right now.They are strugling of form nowadays. Waiting anxiously for Pak vs SA.This serious will be a tough one for both the teams.Both teams have best bowling attack,good batting and fielding side so it would be a competitive series and we will see good friendly series.As we all have seen in past that Pak-SA series is always exciting,i remember the one day series in 2010,thats the best and fighting series and matches i have ever ever ever seen.GOOD LUCK for TEAM PAKISTAN.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (January 14, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

My congratulations to the South Africans and no less importantly Gary Kirsten, the man with the Midas Touch. Ross Taylor's presence may have delayed the defeat of New Zealand slightly. Though Pakistan beat India in the ODIs recently, I was convinced that the Indian team is not just in transition but actually in disarray. The BCCI's policy of existentialism in regard to Dhoni seems strange and difficult to fathom. Pakistan will do well in South Africa I think with their potent pace bowling. But that may not be enough to beat the Saffas. It may be a good series and worth waiting for.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

One feels for teams like NZ, SL,BD,ZIM who don't get sufficient opporrtunities to play and develop their game in the Test arena. Test cricket is still the big boys' game. T20 has further complicated matters.

Posted by KingAjmal on (January 14, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

So one-sided it was dead boring. Must feel sorry for the small crowd in the stadium :)

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

SA proved why they are No.1 Test side. Very professional display by proteas. Still feel that they need a quality spin bowler to totally dominate the Test arena.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (January 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Wish we carry on with our test match unbetean run that has streched well over a full year. Pakistan come collect your whitewash aswell.

Posted by KingAjmal on (January 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

New Zealand had test status since 1926 and still a pathetic team. I think Ireland are awaiting in the ranks now.

Posted by RichieHoward on (January 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

This demonstrates the HUGE gap between NZ first class cricket and international play. We are a very small country with 6 first class sides and not the depth to challenge our top players when they aren't away with the black caps. This test team dominate at first class level but really struggle here (albeit against the No 1 side). Critics should maybe back off these fellas (including the team management), and have a crack at coming up with some ideas to introduce depth? There's plenty of haters - but I'll stick by you Blackcaps!! Looking forward to dusting up the Poms at home next month!!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Absolute rubbish from the Black Caps. Test match cricket needs a 2 tiered system, sooner rather than later. Thank goodness I went to the game for the 1st session and not the afternoon or evening session!! SA played well and are establishing themselves, rightly I might add, as the real deal at number one. In my opinion, only England (SA "A") have any chance against this current SA unit. That being said they would still struggle to beat the the real Saffer side. At the moment (my OP) we have SA at the top, followed by Eng and Pakistan (gonna be cracking series), Aus at 4 and then the rest. Quite a gap between SA and the rest.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (January 14, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

There is a saying,"form is temporary but class is permanent." Due to the high expectations associated with Dale Steyn, there was criticism of his performances most notably in Australia but with Philander injured, he was able to step it up and further prove he is the best fast bowler cricket has seen for some time.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Pakistan are no pushovers. Don't forget how they whitewashed England not too long ago. Pakistan will have major support when they tour and I feel SA will need to dig deep to win the series.

Posted by dalboy12 on (January 14, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Look out for the revenge coming from NZ all you South Africans -- unfortunately though us Kiwi's can't hope for any from the cricketers for quite a while yet. The revenge will have to come from the All Blacks - lol. On a serious note, well played South Africa, I expected us to struggle with the batting (we always do), but was disappointed that our bowlers weren't able to put the SA team under a bit pressure - even with Southee and Vettori not there. Pakistan will of course do better than we did, but i can't see their batsman standing up to that attack, they tend to fold a bit under pressure. I'm still thinking we could steal an ODI win, as we always perform better at that level, in a way I don't want them to do any better than that, if we stole a 2-1 series win then the test results would be forgotten, and they would focus even more on the limited overs game, which is part of the problem already in NZ.

Posted by LordKratos on (January 14, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

The Black caps give new meaning to the phrase..."Taking candy from a baby". Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

South Africa is ruthless for the first time in their history may be..

Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

A shame to see NZ get such a beating, but the likes of Watling have proved they can compete with anyone. NZ have shown enough to be favourites against 'England'.

Looking forward to the Pakistan series, think we may need all 7 batsmen then!

Posted by Boodah on (January 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

I am delighted that with two key players out of the side (Philander and Duminy), their replacements walked in and did the business. Elgar battled hard for his hundred, and kudos to Smith for allowing him the time to get there. Rory Kleinveld came in bowled superbly I thought - lean and mean, forcing the batsmen to play most of his deliveries. Remember also that SA bowled on day 2/3 - the best time to bat really. On the batting side - wow, Hashim Amla - what a remarkable player he has become. Faf Du Plessis making it known that he has the temperament for test cricket. Glad to see Smith scoring over 50 again, its good when the captain contributes. AB was good behind the stumps, and should have scored a hundred, but still, the team looks superbly balanced. I thought Robin Peterson played a pivotal role in the victory - when the ball stopped swinging, he came on and caused mayhem! Superb balance in the side - long may it last!

Well done South Africa - made me feel very proud!

Posted by alisaqib610 on (January 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

This South African team is looking tremendously good. I really hope Pakistan can put up a very good challenge against them.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

NZ cricket just making such type of "SUPERB" batsman like "B MCCULLUM" who only can play T20 nothing more!

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 14, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Although NZ are struggling, the Saffas are on fire.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Congratulations to the Black Caps for putting up a good fight. Now if their administrators and coach would just get out the way the players could get some real work done and regain their well respected status…and bring back Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor and Dan Vettori

Clinical display from the Proteas, fully justifying their current leading status. They will face a very different set of challenges against Pakistan, and that looks like it could be a very interesting series. In the meantime, let's see what the Black Caps can do on the ODI field. Hoping they come back fighting.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

The gap between the two teams are huge. When the first class cricket is strong then the national team will be strong as well. And all those who are saying SA are not a worthy No.1 team should worry about their own teams. Hope westay at the top for years to come. Next it's Paki power. lets play at a level and maintain or better it.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

There is one massive positive to come out of this defeat for NZ, the test series is over so they are unable to cop any humiliation

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