Black Caps captain credits spinners
Harere: Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has taken plenty of positives from their series sweep of Zimbabwe but warns South Africa will be a different proposition.
Williamson got his test captaincy off to the best possible start by going two for two with the 254run victory in Bulawayo. Inept umpiring hastened Zimbabwe’s second innings batting collapse, which saw them dismissed for 132. Replays showed Australian umpire Paul Reiffel and English umpire Michael Gough dismissed four Zimbabwe batsmen who should have been given not out, underscoring the need for DRS technology. But Zimbabwe were always in trouble and never appeared likely to hold on for a draw on the deteriorating pitch. Challenged to bat deeper in a fourth innings than ever before in their 99-test history, Zimbabwe lost their last five wickets for 20 runs in 7.3 overs.
Williamson credited his spinners - Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Martin Guptill - who had career best figures of 3-11 from seven overs for closing out the win. “It was nice to see our seamers put in the yards on a surface that did not offer a huge amount for them but also the spinners to take control in that last innings,” he said. “You [are] presented with good conditions but you have to bowl well in it and I think the way the spinners stood up today was a fantastic effort.” Stuff