Black Caps cap­tain cred­its spin­ners

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

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

Kane Williamson.

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