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South Africa's bowlers must ‘box smart’ to take back the advantage in the first Test match against New Zealand in Dunedin.  The home team finished in a steady position of 177/3 at stumps on day two, led by an anchoring innings of 78 not out from captain, Kane Williamson.

Proteas bowling coach, Charl Langeveldt, says the conditions have dictated a patient unrelenting game-plan, which will be tested against a determined batting line-up which bats a long way down. 

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Dean Elgar recorded his highest score for the Standard Bank Proteas, but they were left with a battle on their hands after New Zealand fought hard on day two of the first Test at the University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday.

The plucky left-hander made 140 (299 balls, 24 fours) to surpass his previous best of 129 against Sri Lanka earlier this season, before he was the first wicket of a collapse that saw South Africa lose their last six wickets for just 56 runs to be bowled out for 308.

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Dean Elgar has described his seventh Test century on the opening day of the first Test match against New Zealand at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday as one of the ‘toughest’ of his 33-match Test career. Elgar batted for eight hours, faced 262 balls of unrelenting pressure from a disciplined Black Caps attack– who also bowled 30 maidens – to resurrect the Proteas’ innings and to reaffirm his status as a resolute and mentally tough player.

The gutsy batsman has made it a habit of scoring game-changing hundreds under pressure, earlier this year the Proteas were 66/3 against Sri Lanka in Cape Town before his 129 led the recovery, and it was his 316-ball 127 against Australia in Perth last year that helped to tip the scales in a tight contest.

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Dean Elgar struck one of the finest centuries for his country to help South Africa fight back from early trouble to end day one of the first Test against New Zealand with honours even at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday.

The left-hander showed nerves of steel as he batted through the day to end unbeaten on 128 (262 balls, 22 fours) – South Africa reaching stumps on 229/4. 

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Morne Morkel returns to bolster a ‘well-balanced’ Proteas attack for the first Test match against New Zealand at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. Morkel, who last played a Test match in January 2016, has been put through his paces throughout the week, and looks hungry and determined to return following a lengthy lower-back injury.

Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, says the experience and consistency Morkel offers will be invaluable, especially with the bounce he extracts and the tricky angles he gets across towards the left-handers. He and Vernon Philander are the only bowlers to have played in the last series in 2012, and their collective effort of 111 Tests and 401 wickets is a priceless value-add to an inexperienced line-up.

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Northern Districts leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took an outstanding seven wickets for 107 runs on the first day of day/night first-class cricket at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

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The Australian Women’s Sevens team has finished in second place at the USA7s, falling to New Zealand 5-28 in the Women's Cup Final.

Australia started the day on a winning note, defeating a strong Fiji side in the Quarter Finals before knocking off Canada to earn a spot in the Cup Final. However New Zealand's form was too much for the defending series champions, with Australia left to rue missed opportunities. 

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