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The first Test between New Zealand & South Africa shall be played at the University Oval in Dunedin AFP

After a keenly-fought One-Day International (ODI) series, which went down to the last game with the touring South African side winning it 3-2 against the hosts New Zealand, the two teams will take on each other in the first of the three-match Test series starting Wednesday. The first Test shall be played at the University Oval in Dunedin, and the two teams will clash with the intention of grabbing the advantage in the series by going 1-0 up. As always, there will be individual clashes within the clash. Let us take a look at the possible clashes from the first Test here: Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test at Dunedin

Kane Williamson vs Kagiso Rabada: The New Zealand skipper is undoubtedly his side s best batsman and responsibility of scoring majority of runs for his side shall remain on his shoulders. Thus, the onus of unsettling him will be on the best Protea bowlers. Kagiso Rabada has been his side s premier bowler and has got the job done more often than not. His presence has ensured that Dale Steyn is never being missed in crunch situations. Along with Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, Rabada forms a potent pace attack. It will be interesting to see how the Rabada-Williamson clash pans out.

Neil Wagner vs Hashim Amla: Neil Wagner has been a revelation for the Kiwis of late. The passion and aggression which he carries up his sleeves augurs well for his side. The short-pitched stuff that he dishes out to his opponents tests their skills. One such test awaits Hashim Amla, who is expected to spearhead the South African batting. Amla has had his share of troubles against the left-arm speedsters. Mohammad Irfan is a point in case. With Wagner aiming at his ribcage from an awkward angle, it will be interesting how Amla answers.

Morne Morkel vs Ross Taylor: While Taylor is the most experienced of the lot as far as New Zealand s batting is concerned, Morkel holds the same position in his side s bowling department. In the recent times, both these players careers have gone through the same curve. Taylor s batting has come under the scanner on lot of occasions while Morkel has missed out on a few games due to form and injury concerns. The two will look to stamp their authority over the game and that is why their clash looks so exciting. Both have a point to prove and what better way than having a go at each other?

Trent Boult vs Faf du Plessis: Trent Boult has been in prime form. The leader of the Kiwi pace attack would like to have a go at the South African leader Faf du Plessis. The Protea skipper has hit the purple patch of late, scoring runs across the formats in diverse conditions. The best bowler for the hosts gunning the best visiting batsman by a distance makes for a mouth-watering contest.

Colin de Grandhomme vs Quinton de Kock: Both these players are the all-rounders of their respective sides and have done their jobs decently well. Grandhomme has scored vital runs when required and has chipped in with the crucial breakthroughs. Similarly, de Kock has invariably scored runs lower down the order and added strength to the team total. At the same time, he has been brilliant behind the stumps too. It will be interesting to see if Grandhomme can come and deliver a breakthrough when de Kock gets going, just as he does almost all the time.