Black Caps at St George's Park: What history says

By David Leggat in Port Elizabeth

The Black Caps have won one of their previous three tests at St George's Park. Photo / Getty Images
The Black Caps have won one of their previous three tests at St George's Park. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand's test record against South Africa isn't special with just four wins from 39 tests.

Here's a look at how they've performed in their three tests at St George's Park.

February 1954: South Africa won by five wickets.
The most notable aspect about this, the fifth and final test of the series, was the run rate,or lack of it.

New Zealand's first innings 226, at a rate of 1.83 runs an over, was undercut by South Africa's 237 achieved at 1.81 an over. Wellington batsman John Beck's 48 was the highest score in the first two innings.

There was 73 from John Reid and 52 from Bert Sutcliffe as New Zealand got 222 - at 1.89 runs an over - and South Africa won comfortably reaching 215 for five, at a hectic 3.40 runs an over, to clinch a 4-0 series win.

February 1962: New Zealand won by 40 runs.
This win secured New Zealand's best overseas series result to that point, a 2-2 draw.

Wellington batsman Paul Barton's only test 100, 109, anchored New Zealand's first innings 275 and the bowlers collectively followed up by rolling their hosts for 190.

Future national captain Graham Dowling (78) and his skipper, John Reid (69) pushed New Zealand out to 228 and a lead of 314.

Reid's marathon performance with his aggressive medium pace cutters produced figures of 45-27-44-4 as South Africa were dismissed for 273.

November 2000: South Africa won by seven wickets.
Mathew Sinclair's fine 150 was the rock in New Zealand's first innings 298. No other batsman reached 40 as Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock picked up four wickets apiece.

The test was effectively decided when South Africa, from 209 for seven got through to 361, courtesy of a 136-run eighth wicket stand between centurymaker Neil McKenzie and Nicky Boje. Current seamer Chris Martin, the only New Zealand survivor from that game in the present squad, took four for 104 in just his second test.

New Zealand were then ground out for 148, opener Mark Richardson's 60 the only score to reach 20. South Africa reached 89 for three to secure the victory.

- NZ Herald

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