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Green grass of New Zealand delights South Africa

AFP logoAFP 14/03/2017

${nitf} © Provided by AFP ${nitf} After four days of rain the covers were peeled off the Basin Reserve wicket on Tuesday and to South Africa's delight the pitch was green ahead of the second Test against New Zealand.

The greener the better in Wellington has been New Zealand's mantra in the past. But their tone has been softened for the second Test starting Thursday, given the ruthlessness of South Africa's pace trio Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.

"I don't think ideally we want to play South Africa on a seamer friendly surface," said coach Mike Hesson. South African captain Faf du Plessis, however, could barely contain his excitement at the state of the wicket. "There's excitement for our seamers and they will enjoy that," he said.

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