New Zealand have twin motivations ahead of the second and final Test. They have tried 17 times to win a Test series against South Africa and failed always. Eighteenth time could be the charm for them as they hold a 1-0 lead and all they need is a draw in the second Test.
But they wouldn’t want to just draw it as another win would see them dislodge Australia from the top spot in the Test ranking.
Kiwi pacers usually have a field day at Hagley Oval that has seen the home side win eight of the 10 matches played at the venue so far.
New Zealand have named an unchanged side for this Test, which means Trent Boult won’t be playing this game as well.
South Africa were absolutely outclassed in the opening Test, which they ended up losing by an innings. However, they might say that they were 1-0 in the recent Test series against India as well but bounced back immediately and in style.
“We know how it is to come back, how it is to come from behind when our backs are against the wall. We do have what it takes from a character perspective to do what we need to do,” their middle-order batter Tenda Bavuma recently said.
To ensure that his team bounces back, Bavuma would have to find more runs than the 41 he managed in the second innings of the opening Test.