By CricketCountry Staff
Basin Reserve: Mar 22, 2012
South Africa will be seeking a 2-0 finish to the Test series when they take on New Zealand in the third and final Test at Wellington. The hosts, meanwhile, will be hoping to draw level as they look to end their summer on a high.
New Zealand have remained on the back-foot throughout their home series against the Proteas, not being able to assert any kind of pressure on the tourists. The only match that the hosts won was the opening T20I following which the Kiwis have ended up on the losing side in most of their matches. They lost 2 T20Is to lose that series following which the South Africans blanked them 3-0 in the ODIs. The opening Test was a rain-hit affair and both teams looked in contention to win the match before the weather had the final say and the match ended as a draw. The second Test was more one sided with South Africa winning by a comfortable 9 wickets.
The Proteas have by far been the better batting unit of the two teams with three batsmen going past three-figure marks while not a single one from the home side could manage it so far. However it also should be noted that all the three centuries came in just one innings apart from which the South African batters have been inconsistent. South Africa's failure has been mainly in the first innings with totals of 238 and 253 coming in the first and the second Test respectively. Graeme Smith is amongst the centurions along with Jacques Kallis and Jacques Rudolph.
New Zealand: Ross Taylor(c), Kruger van Wyk(w), Brendon McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Andrew Ellis, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson, Tarun Nethula, Trent Boult, Chris Martin, Daniel Vettori, Mark Gillespie, Daniel Flynn, Dean Brownlie
South Africa: Graeme Smith(c), Mark Boucher(w), AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Marchant de Lange, Jean-Paul Duminy, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Alviro Petersen, Jacques Rudolph, Vernon Philander