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SA hope to buck the trend

Calcutta/ Port Elizabeth: South Africa will be looking to secure just their second home Test series win in over four years when they take on New Zealand in the second Test at St George’s Park on Friday.

The Proteas have risen to the top of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test team rankings thanks to their wonderful away form which has seen them win back-to-back series in Australia and England and remain unbeaten on their travels since 2006.

However, South Africa have won just one Test series at home since their 2-0 win over Bangladesh in November 2008, a 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka in early 2012.

The Proteas will be confident of winning the second and final Test against New Zealand after demolishing the Black Caps by an innings and 27 runs inside three days in the first Test.

The visitors were shot out for just 45 runs on the first morning of the Test, a period of play that New Zealand coach Mike Hesson described as a “horror session”.

They will not face Vernon Philander after the seamer was ruled out of the match with a hamstring strain and they showed some fight in their second innings with 275, so South Africa are expecting a battle.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in a release announced that Grant Elliott will replace Corey Anderson in the ODI squad for the upcoming series against the Proteas.


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