New Zealand aiming to restore pride in second Test in Port Elizabeth
New Zealand will attempt to banish the memory of their Cape Town humiliation in the second Test with South Africa.
Last Updated: 10/01/13 7:07pm
The Kiwis were skittled out for 45 in their first innings on the way to crushing innings and 27-run defeat to the Proteas at Newlands.
Both teams will have to make changes to their line-up in Port Elizabeth, with South Africa's Vernon Philander and the Kiwis' James Franklin both missing out through injury.
Philander, destroyer-in-chief in New Zealand's collapse, taking 5-7, misses out with a hamstring injury so Rory Kleinveldt comes in for his second Test, having made his debut recently against Australia in Adelaide.
The Kiwis have lost James Franklin who hurt his hamstring whilst bowling in the nets, so all-rounder Colin Munroe, a left-handed batsman and fourth seamer option, is likely to make his debut.
The Kiwis have also dropped fast bowler Chris Martin and selected South Africa-born left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner after he had the batsmen jumping in the nets.
Skipper Brendon McCullum said:"Chris Martin got three wickets later on in the last Test match and bowled reasonably well.
"But we thought the more aggressive option of Neil Wagner, especially with a potentially drier pitch and his ability to reverse swing the ball, is going to serve us better to try and even the series."
Philander's absence will be a relief for the Kiwis after his first Test heroics and McCullum admits his team need to restore some pride.
"We don't overlook what happened in that first innings in Cape Town, but we can't dwell on that kind of stuff otherwise it affects ability and confidence," he said.
"We made some really good adjustments in a short space of time and showed some qualities that we want to be known for as New Zealand cricketers."
South Africa vice-captain AB de Villiers is confident Kleinveldt will be an excellent replacement for Philander.
"We all know what he is capable of," De Villiers said. "We have seen him perform at domestic level and also in Adelaide where he bowled well.
"I have faced him quite a lot in the nets before. It's different to what it is in the middle, but he is always consistent and asks a lot of questions."