New Zealand’s Test crown wavering after South Africa rout

It was New Zealand’s third defeat in six Tests over the past three months,New Zealand’s Test crown

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand’s expectations of guarding their World Test Championship experienced a significant mishap.

when they experienced an embarrassing 198-run rout against South Africa in the second Test in Christchurch on Tuesday.

A loss in India in December was trailed by a shock first loss to Bangladesh at Mount

An earnest triumph in the main Test against the Proteas last week had given New Zealand any desires for winning

Their first series against South Africa in quite a while going back 90 years.

New Zealand’s Test crown

In any case, chief Tom Latham said just before the second Test that a series win was a side issue.

New Zealand’s attention was on acquiring World Test Championship focuses to set themselves in a situation to safeguard the title they won by beating India in the last in England last year.

“Points at home are very vital. Nowadays in cricket it’s very hard to win away from home, so points in our own country are really important,” Latham said.

But they were never really in the hunt after South Africa held a 71-run first innings lead and then cracked 354 for nine in their second innings to set New Zealand a world record 426 to win.

New Zealand lost their first two wickets for just six runs, went into the final day at 94 for four and were out just after tea for 227.

It leaves New Zealand sixth in the nine-team standings with 28 Test Championship points from six Tests while South Africa are fourth with 36 from five matches.

“I’m so disappointed to be in this position,” Latham said, adding that to make the final New Zealand had to perform much better away from home.


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