New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said that the frustrating part for them is that when they are playing a side like South Africa and did not able to keep the pressure on them as they lost the second Test of the three-match Test series by eight-wicket on the third evening at the Basin Reserve on 18 March.
Kane Williamson told CricBuzz, “The frustrating part for us is that when you are playing a side like South Africa and you have them under pressure, you need to keep them there. If you don't then they can change the shape of the match quite quickly. We let it slip very quickly and it went bad quickly as well.”
When asked what pitch he would prefer to have in Hamilton, Williamson responded, “We'll have to see what we've got in store, what side of the block it's on, etc. It does tend to be a slower surface and offer a little bit of spin. I guess [Keshav] Maharaj and JP [Duminy] got a lot of their wickets beating batsmen on the outside, where the ball didn't turn much and perhaps drifted a little bit. They were very; very smart in how they bowled, using the wind. They did bowl very well but we need to be a lot better at playing it and being more positive.”
The Kiwi skipper said that he is not 100 percent sure about the availability of Ross Taylor and Trent Boult for the Hamilton Test. Kane also said that final Test of the series against South Africa will be their last Test of the summer and it is important for them to get back their rhythm quickly.
Williamson concluded, “It is the final game of our home summer and it is important that we get back on the horse very quickly. We will try and look at this as a bad day, albeit very, very bad. When you do play the best, there are some glaring things that stand out, and they do highlight areas you need to improve on. Those are the opportunities we have over the next few days, to get better for the last match.”