New Zealand's capitulation to South Africa, when they were bowled out for 45 in Cape Town, is not a flash in the pan, says Mark Reason in stuff.co.nz. He points out it may be a resultant of problems within New Zealand's cricket, as suggested by the board's director of cricket, John Buchanan.
It was a quite extraordinary statement from Buchanan. He has effectively said there is a culture of suspicion, lying and unaccountability within the Black Caps and New Zealand cricket. And yet we still await a response to Buchanan's devastating allegations.
An editorial in the New Zealand Herald says the Cape Town debacle showed how much the team was missing Ross Taylor.
Taylor could be excused for taking some satisfaction from the first-test debacle. But, on reflection, he must realise that the Black Caps need him more now than at any time during his test career. Answering the call would simultaneously lift his stocks to the highest level and underline the extent of Hesson's misjudgment.