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South Africa endured their toughest day of their tour to New Zealand after a superb unbeaten century from Kane Williamson on day three of the third and final Test took the hosts to stumps on 321/4 at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday.

The Black Caps’ captain made 148 (216 balls, 14 fours, 3 sixes) and batted for most of the day alongside Jeet Raval, who struck a career-best 88 (254 balls, 10 fours), taking their side to the close with a seven-run lead.

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Quinton de Kock fell just short of another century as the South Africa enjoyed the better of a rain-hit second day against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

South Africa’s star wicketkeeper, who came into the game with an injury cloud hanging over his head, made a busy 90 (118 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes) – his ninth career 50 – to shepherd another wagging tail as the tourist made 314 all out.

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South African superstar Hashim Amla says there is enough time in the match to achieve a result, despite the rain-curtailed opening day of the third Test match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. Amla top-scored with his 32nd Test half-century, before the rain brought an end to a gripping contest between bat and ball with the score on 123/4 after lunch.

This was Amla’s first fifty of the tour across the formats, a composed and elegant innings which included nine boundaries. He gave credit to New Zealand’s new-look pace attack, which exploited the elements to suit their skills in ‘tough’ batting conditions.

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Hashim Amla’s assured half-century brightened up an otherwise gloomy opening day of the third and final Test between the Standard Bank Proteas and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. The tourists reached stumps on a rain-affected day in a fair amount of trouble on 123/4 after Faf du Plessis won a delayed toss and chose to bat first under grey skies.

Amla was the mainstay of the 41 overs that were possible thanks to his 32nd half-century – a fluent 50 (93 balls, 9 fours) that had plenty of signs suggesting the veteran batsman was back to his supreme best. But it came after the Proteas, who are 1-0 up in the series, were in some early trouble shortly after play began 30 minutes late.

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South Africa are motivated to finish a successful season with a win in the third Test match against New Zealand starting at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. The Proteas have been boosted by the fitness of wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, who passed a late fitness test on Friday after sustaining an injury to his right index finger.

Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, says victory will be another tick on a growing list of achievements this season, with series wins against New Zealand at home, Australia away and Sri Lanka at home in the bag. The Proteas have the T20 International and One-Day series trophies in the cabinet for this tour, and have set their aim on the treble against the hosts.

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New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult has been ruled out of the third ANZ Test against South Africa in Hamilton after failing to recover fully from his groin injury.

Boult felt pain in the groin region during the first ANZ Test in Dunedin, forcing him to miss the following match in Wellington. New Zealand Selector Gavin Larsen said that while Boult has worked hard to make himself available, it was clear he needed further recovery  time before getting back on the park.

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South African seamer Vernon Philander returns to a happy hunting ground for the third Test match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Philander claimed a career-best return of 6/44 and match figures of 10/114 in the nine-wicket win in 2012 – and was also supported by Dale Steyn who took 5/80 - a clinical performance which reinforced his arrival on the international stage on his first away tour with the Proteas.

This was only his sixth match for South Africa, but it set the platform which led to him becoming the second-fastest player to reach 50 Test wickets after only seven Test matches in that series.

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