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Tim Southee’s ‘Fifer’ gives New Zealand massive victory over Proteas


CRICDOT DESK : New Zealand cricket team`s stand-in skipper Tom Latham stated following his aspect`s innings and 276-run win over South Africa with inside the beginning Test at Hagley Oval right here on Saturday that it changed into a “testimony to the intensity” the proteas had created over the years.

New Zealand had long past into the hole Test of the -fit collection significantly depleted as they had been lacking the offerings of everyday skipper Kane Williamson (elbow injury), Ross Taylor (retirement) and Trent Boult. Still, the hosts got here up with an stimulated overall performance to complete the fit with greater than days to spare towards a South African aspect excessive on self assurance after defeating India 2-1 in a 3-Test domestic collection.

This changed into the primary time in 14 years that the Blackcaps performed a Test with out Williamson, Taylor and Boult. “Yeah, it`s glaringly high-quality for the aspect. It`s been documented it`s a long term in the past for the reason that we haven`t visible any of these 3 names (Williamson, Taylor and Boult) who’re one of these essential a part of the aspect. I bet its testimony to the intensity that we`re developing in New Zealand cricket… that men who haven`t performed loads can step up and arise and carry out instantly away,” Latham changed into quoted as pronouncing with the aid of using ESPNcricinfo.

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However, one stalwart, 33-year-vintage tempo bowler Tim Southee, reached a memorable milestone at some stage in the Test, overtaking Sir Richard Hadlee`s file of being the very best New Zealand wicket-taker on domestic soil.
“Obviously, (it`s) high-quality for us all to be together… it`s truly a high-quality manner (to interrupt the file). So yeah, it`s been a Test fit that we`re very happy with and one we`ll have a good time tonight.”

Latham stated that he changed into disillusioned with the limited-overs collection towards trans-Tasman competitors Australia being referred to as off because of his u . s . a .`s stringent COVID-19 protocols and journey restrictions.

“Obviously, disappointing for that collection to be referred to as off,” Latham stated. “I bet the men were gambling one of a kind types of cricket whether or not it’s T20 cricket, one-day cricket or a few fine cricket over latest weeks. Even  though we haven`t performed a Test fit for a month or so, I suppose the manner we simply switched again instantly into the rhythm of Test cricket and hit the floor running, it changed into truly the manner you need to begin and optimistically we will maintain the momentum with inside the subsequent Test fit.”

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