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New Zealand Vs South Africa 1st Test Post Match Presentation 2012

March 11, 2012 Latest News, Test Cricket  Posted by   No Comments

Graeme Smith: Yeah, we expected the rain, that’s why we gave a pretty sporting declaration to give ourselves an opportunity to try and win the game. Brendan and Ross batted well yesterday, but we hoped to have them five down before the second new ball. It’s always great to have three hundreds in a Test, we would have loved to finish today but it wasn’t to be. It’s part of international cricket now that you have to adjust quickly [to new formats and overseas conditions], with the time changes guys came in and tried to find their feet, we improved as the match went on and hopefully everyone will hit their straps in Hamilton. The pitch was slower as the match went on, it started to die really. [Steyn's toe] seems fine, he’s just looking for some sympathy!

Graeme Smith is the MoM for scoring 53 and 115 in the match.

Ross Taylor: Would have been an interesting day’s cricket, we were still a chance of getting 260 more but I’m sure that South Africa would have also wanted to get out there. Our first innings was disappointing, a missed opportunity, but it was nice to bat well yesterday to set up for today. it was a lot flatter than we were expecting, it was tough on the bowlers, there might be some more grass in Hamilton. I haven’t spoken to KJ [Karl Johnson, the Seddon Park groundsman] yet!

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