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Rain allows bowlers to recharge: Taylor

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/08/2016

The first Test between New Zealand and South Africa appears headed for a draw after play on day four was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

It was the second successive day that soft ground conditions in the outfield have prevented play at Kingsmead in Durban.

But while New Zealand's bowlers took the opportunity to put their feet up, some of the Black Caps' batsmen opted for a spell in the nets with the second Test due to start in Pretoria on Saturday.

"It's been good for the batters to get out there and hit a few balls," said Ross Taylor who will resume on two not out with captain Kane Williamson (2 no) should play get under way on the final day.

"But it's been good for our bowlers who have bowled a lot over the last while to have a break with a lot of cricket coming up over the next few months."

New Zealand are 15-2 chasing South Africa's first innings total of 263 and Taylor admitted it had been strange having such a long delay in a Test match.

"It's something I've never had to deal with," he said. "You've still got to prepare to bat and in the down times not think about it too much and try and switch off from the batting. It sounds a lot easier than it is."

Although a result is unlikely at Kingsmead, unless something spectacular happens on day five, and conditions are expected to be different at Centurion, Taylor felt there was benefit in getting out in the middle against South Africa's pace attack of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada.

"It's a world-class line-up and they know how to bowl in these conditions," Taylor said. "But Pretoria will be slightly different conditions to what we've faced here. The sun will be out and [there will be] probably a little bit less grass on the wicket ... we'll just have to wait and see what happens."

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