Not so good then

Ok. So that was pretty bad.
New Zealand’s third-worst test score, the worst in more than half a century. Kane Williamson top scores with 13.
To be honest, I pulled the pin with New Zealand already teetering at 14 for three. We looked like rabbits caught in the headlights, crease bound and inferior against what is an outstanding pace attack.
Brendon McCullum’s decision to bat first with the pitch offering probably the only assistance it will give to the seamers will be torn to shreds by those with 20/20 hindsight.
For mine it had echoes of the T20 series opener when McCullum chose to bat first and a nervous looking New Zealand team failed with the bat.
I went to bed hoping against hope that at least a couple of the New Zealand batsmen would be able to mount a rear-guard action and at least get us through to something like 150.In all likelihood, if McCullum had’ve fielded, New Zealand might have chipped a couple out early but then we would have still been struggling on a pitch which had no demons on the first day, according to Shaun Pollock.
Better teams than New Zealand, ie Australia, have suffered humiliating collapses against South Africa at Newlands, what I want to see now is a team which has the spine to at least go down swinging.
In a blog yesterday I suggested it might be enough to see New Zealand win a session in this opening test. Now I’d be happier if we saw New Zealand have the better of an hour.No wonder the South Africans were struggling to sell tickets to days four and five of this test, both teams will be back in the nets by then.


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