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Black Caps spinner Sodhi keeps it simple

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/08/2016

Ish Sodhi © AAP/MARTIN HUNTER Ish Sodhi Leg spinner Ish Sodhi believes easing the pressure he put on himself was key to his career-best Test performance.

Sodhi took 7-79, including 4-60 in the second innings, as New Zealand completed a 2-0 sweep over Zimbabwe with a 254-run victory in Bulawayo.

"I tried to lose a bit of the expectation I had on myself, being away from the Test side for a couple of years," he said.

"To be able to do that was pretty pleasing and hopefully I can continue that."

The 23-year-old Sodhi has 13 Tests to his name, his debut coming against Bangladesh in October 2013.

However, the opening fixture of the series against Zimbabwe, when he had match figures of 1-120, marked his first appearance in the five-day format since November 2014.

He said his approach had changed in the intervening period and he was now aiming to keep things simpler.

"I guess probably why I played a little bit more white-ball cricket for New Zealand was because I was able to be more consistent with my lines and lengths," he said.

"It's something to keep reinforcing because, in the first Test match I was a little nervous and I didn't stick to those processes as well as I could."

New Zealand next face South Africa in two Tests, the first beginning in Durban on Friday.

The Proteas will be without skipper and top batsman AB de Villiers and fast bowler Morne Morkel, but Sodhi said there would be no way New Zealand would be underestimating the opposition.

"He's obviously an amazing player, one of the best if not the best in the world in all formats," he said of de Viliers.

"But you can never take a team like South Africa lightly. They've got runs from the top order to the lower and they have bowlers that can back them up under any conditions."

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