Alviro: We were terrible

2013-01-04 09:34

Bad sessions often change the course of Test matches.

New Zealand knows all about it thanks to the 45 all out before lunch on the first day of the Test against South Africa.

But when New Zealand subsequently racked up 77 in 10 overs, Proteas opening batsman Alviro Petersen had the guts yesterday to call that crazy period “terrible”.

“We just played terrible cricket, the bowling wasn’t up to scratch and our catching wasn’t up to scratch ... We did not bowl well and it was not the standard we set ourselves,” Petersen said.

When centuries are scored in tough batting conditions, they are usually followed by acclaim, but when there are milestones that overshadow those batting feats, they tend to slink away into oblivion.

After his sedately compiled 106, Petersen was not shy to give praise to his team mates who deserved it the most in Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis, who had snared 300 Test wickets and 13 000 runs respectively.

“Everyone deserved to talk about those guys because they have done well over a long period of time and they have played some pretty good cricket for South Africa.

“To score a 100, well, I was just doing my business,” Petersen added.

While 11 wickets fell on the first morning, three fell on the second morning, with Petersen acknowledging the difficulty of batting first.

“It felt like a day three or four kind of wicket. I don’t know if it has been over-prepared but it was a bit difficult to bat on and the bowlers had to put the ball in the right areas. From a batting point of view, you had to be disciplined on that sort of wicket,” he said.

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