Peterson expects sterner test

  • Last Updated: January 18 2013, 9:30 GMT

South Africa spinner Robin Peterson expects a far sterner test from New Zealand when the three-match one-day international series begins in Paarl on Saturday.

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The Black Caps will limp into the final part of their trip to South Africa, dubbed the 'Tour from Hell' in some local papers, following their Test series humiliation.

South Africa secured back-to-back innings victories in a two-Test series that was virtually over when the tourists were bowled out for 45 on the opening morning of the first Test.

New Zealand will retain nine players, in a 17-man squad, from the Test series but Peterson is wary of concluding that will ensure another easy ride over the next week.

Instead, the 33-year-old believes the Kiwis - who took a game off South Africa in the tour-opening Twenty20 series - could be reinvigorated by a return to the limited overs game.

"For them, the change of format will be quite refreshing," he said.

"We should remember that in the T20s, bar the first one, they were very competitive.

"They've got some dangerous players, both batsmen and bowlers, and the wickets will suit them better. So it will be tougher for us; it will be a closer series."

New Zealand have only won two of their 18 ODIs in South Africa but memorably shocked the Proteas in the quarter-finals of the last World Cup.

"New Zealand have always done well in World Cups, which means they are very good at white-ball cricket as a unit," Peterson said.

South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 258 at Paarl last year and local favourite Rory Kleinveldt, who is set to play in front of his home crowd, expects plenty of runs.

"The one-day wickets have become quite good there," he told Cricket South Africa's official website.

"Usually they are slow and low but over the last year or two there have been some big scores. The wickets have a bit more pace and bounce, so it should be a good wicket."

New Zealand have already had to make two changes to their squad after fast bowler Adam Milne (lower leg) and all-rounder Corey Anderson (thumb) suffered injuries in training last week.

South African-born left-armer Neil Wagner, who played in last week's innings and 193 runs second Test defeat, and Grant Elliot have been called in as cover.

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