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NZ aim to repel pace barrage

Port Elizabeth: New Zealand batsmen were subjected to a barrage of hostile deliveries from their own bowlers as they prepared to combat South Africa’s formidable attack in the second and final Test against South Africa starting at St George’s Park on Friday.

“Now that you know the challenge, the intensity and attitude that you put into training has to be as close to a match as possible,” said fast bowler Chris Martin in explaining his team’s unorthodox preparation.

New Zealand were blown away for 45 in the first innings of the first Test in Cape Town on the way to defeat by an innings and 27 runs. The damage was done by South Africa’s pace trio of Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Although Philander will miss the second Test because of a hamstring strain, New Zealand’s batsmen will again face a formidable challenge from Steyn, Morkel, and Rory Kleinveldt, who will replace Philander. (PTI)