Williamson leads Kiwi fightback vs South Africa in first Test

After bringing up his first half-century in eight innings since the Hobart Test against Australia previous year, Bavuma - the last recognised batsman who started the day unbeaten alongside centurion Elgar - fell victim to Trent Boult (4-64). Kane Williamson was very almost run out by way of a mix-up with Nicholls but a desperate dive saw the captain make his ground before Philander whipped off the bails.

Their three-match series in New Zealand, which kicks off at University Oval in Dunedin tomorrow, could be a chance to work Morkel and Philander back into Test form.

South Africa made Kane Williamson their number one target as the battling New Zealander ensured his side prospered despite a crippling injury to Ross Taylor on day two of the first Test on Thursday.

South Africa's bowlers were mostly consistent, but there are signs of the pitch letting up and making it a bit easier for batsmen to knuckle down.

Even then he needs others to stick with him and with the exception of Raval they have found that hard to do.

Boult said after day two of the first Test against South Africa: "We were just looking to grip the ball and ask tough questions and not let them get too far ahead".

It was an excellent innings from Raval, who is in his fifth Test, after facing Pakistan and Bangladesh earlier in the season, and he was able to pick off Maharaj as he moved to a third Test fifty from 95 balls.

Williamson then reintroduced Wagner from the city end and he struck immediately to remove the risky Hashim Amla for one.

Bavuma went to a 143-ball half-century, his first in eight innings since Hobart against Australia, and the reward for his watchfulness started to come when he took three boundaries off the last over of Wagner's spell: a clip, a pull through midwicket and a flat-batted swat straight past mid-on.

New Zealand wrapped up the South African innings five overs after lunch, with the last six wickets falling for only 56 runs.

New Zealand's sustained period of accuracy during the opening session troubled the Proteas as Quinton de Kock (10) and Temba Bavuma (64) were sent back to the pavilion in quick succession.

After surveying a typically green New Zealand wicket and learning the Black Caps have won three, drawn four and lost none of the seven Tests on the ground, opener Dean Elgar said on Monday: "It's something for us to try and correct".

  • Rosalie Stanley