Cape Town - Proteas off-spinner Dane Piedt has questioned the reluctance
of New Zealand to back their pace attack in the Test series against South
New Zealand have not trotted out the typical green wickets
expected in the land of the long white cloud, though the pitch in Wellington
was typical of the Basin Reserve.
Piedt received an SOS from the Proteas management after the
first Test showed the Kiwi's hand as far as their approach to pitch preparation
and tactics is concerned with two spinners getting the nod on a slow University
The spinner said ahead of the third Test: "I think they
have shot themselves in the foot. They didn't back their seamers to do the job,
and I thought their seamers bowled pretty well in South Africa. They bowled us
out for 263 in Durban on quite a sporting deck.
"I didn't expect that New Zealand would play two
spinners in the first Test and when they left Tim Southee out I was also
surprised. Just the fact that two series before that, Bangladesh and Pakistan
were here and they played on surfaces that were quite sporting for the seamers.
"I expected it to be the same, but obviously with the
type of seam attack we have they thought they would be under pressure."
Piedt lost his place in the team as number one spinner to
Keshav Maharaj who has been impressive since making his debut in Australia on the
back of a great first class season.
The Cape Cobras captain has no hard feelings against Maharaj
and praised the left-arm spinners nouse and patience.
He added: "He's shown that he's in unbelievable form
and he's done that in domestic cricket so I can only be happy for him.
I spoke to him last night and I told him how impressive it's
been to watch him bowl on the international stage. It's never hard feelings.
It's about spin bowlers coming through and being able to show their skill to
the rest of the world.
"His changes of pace and the angles he bowls at are
impressive. The shape of his ball is really good as well. If you're bowling
consistently in the same sort of area you're always going to be rewarded, like
he has. He's quite a patient guy so he does it for long periods of time."
Piedt says that even if he doesn't play on what is expected
to be a spin-friendly wicket in Hamilton he is happy to have been called up as
it shows that the selectors are still considering him.
He concluded: "I had just got onto the plane and I saw
JP had taken four wickets, and I told myself even if I don't play at least I'm
getting recognised again. I think that's the most important thing.
"I've had quite an up-and-down Test career. I made my
debut in 2014, had a freak shoulder injury and came back from that. So there's
been a lot of frustration and thinking will I ever play for South Africa again.
Just to be here again is a privilege."