The St Georges Test: Preview

St-Georges-Cricket-Ground-Port-ElizabethAfter a humiliating defeat at Newlands in just 2 and a half days by the South African Proteas, leaves New Zealand having everything to play for, and a lot to prove going into the 2nd test at PE.

It will give the tourists a lift knowing that St Georges hasn’t been the best to the Proteas in past performances, with the most recent being in 2007 where the West Indies thumped us by 126 runs. However that was before we were the number 1 team in the world which means we should be adapt to all conditions St Georges has to offer us.

Players like AB, and Amla should thrive batting at St Georges, and we also could see the spotlight shine on Robin Peterson for the first time in his test career when the pitch starts to really take turn in the latter stages.

It’s a wicket that usually doesn’t provide much pace or bounce for our quicks which will be to the delight of the blackcaps who were demolished by our pace attack in the first test.

All in all, conditions at St Georges generally are the closest to the ones you’ll find at New Zealand than anywhere else in SA, which means if there ever was a chance for the blackcaps to beat the number 1 test team in the world on there home turf, it will be at the PE test match.

Do I think they will do this however? The answer is simply No. Like I said earlier we are more adapt to playing on any conditions now than we have ever been before, and we toured NZ recently, and even then they couldn’t get a test win against us on there home turf, so how can I think they have a chance on a wicket ‘like’ there home turf?

Matthew Nepgen




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