New Zealand Vs South Africa Third Test at Hamilton
Question in detail
The home side would need a better application against spin if they want to become the winner of NZ Vs SA 3rd Test. The Hamilton Test, NZ's final fixture of a summer could define their home session that began in August last year. Things haven't worked well for the hosts, but then they are hoping to fight back hard in the final Test against South Africa.
Going gets tough when the key batsmen fail to click in Test cricket. And this has been the script of New Zealand in the ongoing Test series where they had a draw in the first match and a loss in the very next one. New Zealand hasn't quite clicked with bat so far in the series against South Africa. Kane Williamson, the axel of Kiwi's batting line-up, has been far from the touch he is known to be. Tom Latham and Neil Broom are struggling to come promising, and all-rounders James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme haven't got the going. Though BJ Watling has dared to counter Africa's lethal bowling attack lower down the order, dismissals from the other end have been to his turmoil. The hosts are trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, and this makes New Zealand Vs South Africa third Test a do-or-die battle for them.
While the home side was already down the drain with a draw and a loss to South Africa, Tim Southee's hamstring tear mounts their woes ahead of New Zealand Vs South Africa third Test, commencing from March 25 in Hamilton. Medical report diagnoses Southee to have suffered a grade one tear on his left hamstring. This comes as a double blow to New Zealand as one of their premier batsmen Ross Taylor is already out of the squad due to injury. The home side will face off upbeat South Africa in the third Test without Taylor and Southee. Since two of their key players are out injured, this would be a tad irony if Kiwis emerge as the winner of NZ Vs SA 3rd Test in Hamilton.
Will New Zealand fight back hard in the third Test against South Africa to evade series loss?