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New Zealand vs South Africa 1st Test Tips - Williamson to score big against inexperienced Proteas

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Last updated: 02 Feb 2024
Ralph Staniforth 02 Feb 2024
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  • Predictions for New Zealand vs South Africa 1st Test
  • Proteas have sent a squad of 2nd and 3rd choice players
  • Can the inexperienced South Africa cause the hosts problems?
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New Zealand vs South Africa Tips


This should have been a cracking series but with the South African squad being what it is, New Zealand should cruise to victory. I am going to back Kane Williamson to pile on the runs while Neil Brand looks in good form for South Africa.
  • New Zealand vs South Africa Tips
  • Head to Head
  • New Zealand Form
  • South Africa Form

  • New Zealand have won 4 of their last 5 Test matches.
  • New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has scored 215 & 104 runs in the 1st innings of 2 of his last 3 Tests.
  • South Africa is made up of 2nd and 3rd choice players.
  • South Africa’s Neil Brand has scored 46+ runs in 3 of his 4 red ball matches.

Head to Head


South Africa have won two of their last five Tests against New Zealand. The hosts have won one and there have been two draws.

In February 2022 they last met with the Proteas winning the Test by 198 runs to level the series at 1-1. Not a single player from that South African side will feature in this match.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand come into this series having won four of their last five Test matches. They lost played a Test at the beginning of December 2023, a match they won in Bangladesh.

The Black Caps have also won their last three Test matches at home and will fancy themselves against a severely weakened South African side. In their last Test, New Zealand beat Bangladesh by four wickets in Mirpur.

It was a low scoring affair where the hosts scored 172, New Zealand responded with 180. Bangladesh were then all out for 144, leaving New Zealand to chase 138 for victory. Glenn Phillips top scored in both innings.

South Africa Form


South Africa have won three of their last four Test matches, all of which were at home. They lost their last Test to India on a terrible surface at Newlands. The series ended 1-1.

However, regardless of the Proteas form, that is not the talking point as it doesn’t really matter. Only two players from that squad will feature in this series.

This is not even a SA A side in reality and is more of a third string team. The series coincides with the SA20 happening in South Africa and all the top players are featuring in that tournament.

Verdict

I am backing Kane Williamson to score 50+ runs in the first innings and to top score. He is also tipped to score 100+ runs in the match.

For South Africa, Neil Brand is backed to top score in the first innings.

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