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South Africa keen to keep bossing NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/03/2017

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis celebrates his century in the Centurion Test that handed South Africa a 1-0 series victory in 2016. © AP Photo/Themba Hadebe Proteas captain Faf du Plessis celebrates his century in the Centurion Test that handed South Africa a 1-0 series victory in 2016. The home town advantage is with New Zealand but they have the weight of history against them for the cricket Test series against South Africa.

The first match of three begins in Dunedin on Wednesday, and while the hosts haven't been beaten in seven matches at University Oval, the South Africans are expected to resume their bossing of the Kiwis.

New Zealand have only beaten South Africa four times in 42 clashes (two were in 1962 and most recently 1994 and 2004) and lost 24 times.

In August last year, South Africa ran through the Black Caps at Centurion for a 204-run win and a 1-0 series victory.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admits his side is the underdog and they will have to play well to compete, especially with South Africa's strong pace attack of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.

"They have a number of strengths in their bowling attack and it is important that we combat that to the best of our abilities," said Williamson.

His opposite Faf du Plessis, on the other hand, is keen to keep the wood on Williamson and also senior batsman Ross Taylor.

"If you keep them quiet, like we did in South Africa... and then we could put some really good pressure on the newer and younger guys."

South Africa are third and New Zealand fifth in the ICC rankings system.

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