Cricket

Williamson expected a slower second dig

2016-08-01 09:56
Kane Williamson (Gallo Images)

Wellington - New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was not surprised by Zimbabwe dragging the first Test in Bulawayo into a fourth day, saying his pacemen were never going to maintain their high energy levels on the flat deck.

Williamson said that the first innings was the crucial one, as they had predicted, and they did the job with the ball to bowl Zim out for 164.

They always knew a second spell like that would be tough, and the skipper was pleased to have taken 20 wickets.

Williamson said after the innings and 117-run win on day four: "The way we bowled in the first innings was a huge part of how we got ahead.

"When you are tying to bowl that again, it's going to be extremely challenging. Sometimes, on surfaces like this one, you need to try and be a little bit creative.

"You want to try and make things hostile and difficult but you also need to be patent and build pressure. It was a very good effort to get 20 wickets.

"We knew it was going to be tough. We had to fight very hard to pick up the wickets that we did."

He also praised paceman Neil Wagner, who took six wickets in the first innings and two in the second: "Neil has showed us he can be pretty creative with the older ball which is useful on surfaces that are not offering swing.

"That first innings put us ahead of the game. It was extremely important to have some hostile bowling on a surface that didn't offer much."

The second Test starts on 6 August at the same ground, after which the Black Caps go to South Africa for a Test series.

Read more on:    new zealand  |  kane williamson  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
Vote

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.