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Kiwis target crucial new ball spell

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/03/2017
Dean Elgar of South Africa celebrates his century during day one of the First Test match between New Zealand and South Africa. © Dianne Manson/Getty Images Dean Elgar of South Africa celebrates his century during day one of the First Test match between New Zealand and South Africa.

New Zealand will hope a newish ball can make inroads into the South African batsmen early on Thursday as they try to force a way into the first cricket Test.

The tourists will resume on day two at 229-4 in Dunedin, Dean Elgar on 128 and Temba Bavuma 38.

Elgar says his side will be looking to kick on despite it being a slow University Oval pitch.

At tea on the first day they thought they were looking at a score of 250-280, but they could now readjust that after not losing a wicket in Wednesday's final session.

"I think 350 is maybe a 450 on that wicket just because of the slowness of the pitch."

He said when the New Zealanders bowled with the new ball it felt like anything could happen.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes the first hour will be critical, with the ball just 10 overs old, before it loses its zip.

"I think it's probably South Africa slightly ahead... they certainly haven't gotten away on us."

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