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South Africa vs New Zealand

Match info: South Africa v New Zealand Test Series 2013 at Newlands - 1st Test

Date: 4th Jan 2013 Status: Day 3 of 5 Umpires: I J Gould and R J Tucker

Home team and score Away team score

South Africa

347/8 Dec (95.2 Overs)

Result

New Zealand

45 All out (19.2 Overs)
275 All out (102.1 Overs)

South Africa win by an innings and 27 runs

  • Last Updated: January 3 2013, 18:55 GMT

New Zealand bowler Chris Martin praised his team's spirit after recovering from a miserable start to the first Test against South Africa.

A much-improved day for Chris Martin and his team-mates
A much-improved day for Chris Martin and his team-mates

The Black Caps were skittled out for 45 - the lowest Test score in almost 39 years - but hit back to end day two on 169 for four in their second innings, still 133 short of avoiding an innings defeat.

Brendon McCullum (51) and Dean Brownlie (unbeaten 69) impressed at the crease and paceman Martin said: "Compared to yesterday, it was immense.

"The way we turned up with the ball was much better. We were more consistent and we dried up the runs which brought the five wickets. That set the tone for the way our batters went out and put up a much sterner fight."

Martin, who bagged three wickets on Thursday, insisted harsh words had not been necessary to fire up the players after the first day debacle.

"They were quite reasoned, quite straightforward. The best way to deal with it was shown by the way they applied themselves today."

South Africa remain dominant in Cape Town having declared on 347 for eight, but Alviro Petersen, who only added three runs at the start of the day before being bowled for 106, was upset at his team's inability to seize full control.

"The bowling wasn't up to scratch, the catching wasn't up to scratch. For that hour or so it was not the standard we set ourselves," he said.

"I said after the first day it was like a day three or day four wicket. I don't know if it was over-prepared. From a batting point of view you had to be disciplined."


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