You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Kiwi bowlers prepare to adapt

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/08/2016

Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates the wicket of Stephen Cook of the Proteas during Day 1 of the 1st Sunfoil International Test match between South Africa and New Zealand at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on August 19, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. © Gallo Images/Getty Images Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates the wicket of Stephen Cook of the Proteas during Day 1 of the 1st Sunfoil International Test match between South Africa and New Zealand at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on August 19, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. New Zealand's swing bowlers are preparing to adjust their tactics for their second Test against South Africa under the blue skies of Pretoria.

After the first Test ended in a damp draw without a ball being bowled over the final three-and-a-half days, the final match, which starts on Saturday, is now a series decider.

It's also quite different to seaside Durban in winter.

"I think the challenge is going to be totally different here with obviously a different field and different outfield. I haven't seen a cloud in the sky since we've been here," Kiwi left-armer Trent Boult told reporters.

He said New Zealand's recent run of success had been helped by its faster bowlers pitching the ball up and swinging it - but that might not work under Centurion's clear skies.

"We're going to have to look to maybe subtly change those plans - but to be honest, not much more than try put pressure on these guys is as simple as it gets for us."

Centurion has been resurfaced since last season and head groundsman Rudolph du Preez says he does not expect the pitch to deteriorate much over five days.

"It might be a little bit slower, it might be holding back a bit more."

South African cricket writer Telford Vice was a little more blunt in describing the pitch for Times Live.

It was a "yellow slab of winter that doesn't seem likely to assist the quicks nearly as much as it does during the summer", he wrote.

Meanwhile, Boult admitted it was frustrating the rained-off match made it a one-off series decider.

"It's just the way it goes I guess. Ideally you want to be playing against the best players as much as you can but it's just the way it's going at the moment.

"To have a one-off shoot-off against these guys is very exciting, so it's a great opportunity to test ourselves and if we can walk out of here in a couple days' time, putting together the things that we want, I think we'll be very happy."

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon