New Zealand vs South Africa: Preview and Links

New Zealand have won the toss and have opted to field


South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Faf du Plessis | South Africa captain: We would have bowled as well. There is a bit of blue sky, hopefully the ball will come on nicely to the bat. They are a good team, they have been playing some good cricket. We need to be on top of our game to beat them.

The previous game was really good for us, there was a real intensity from the team. Hopefully we can do something similar today. Lungi (Ngidi) is back for us. It’s another big game for us (smiles).

Kane Williamson | New Zealand captain: We are going to bowl, looks like there is going to be some weather around. Same side for us. We are coming from a long break. The guys are ready to go. We thought about Nicholls, Sodhi, but stuck to the same team for this game.

The past record against South Africa is irrelevant. We know every time we play against South Africa it’s going to be a tough game. They are one of the best sides in the world.

The pitch looks fairly white, not much of grass cover on it. May not have been a bowl-first wicket if there was no rain. So may not be a good toss to lose for South Africa.

However, it all depends on swing. Because any hint of swing, they know Boult and Co. will be all over them.