Proteas off-spinner Dane Piedt has questioned the reluctance of New Zealand to back their pace attack in the Test series against South Africa.
New Zealand have not trotted out the typical green wickets expected in the land of the long white cloud, though the pitch in Wellington was typical of the Basin Reserve.
Piedt received an SOS from the Proteas management after the first Test showed the Kiwi’s hand as far as their approach to pitch preparation and tactics is concerned with two spinners getting the nod on a slow University Oval pitch.
The spinner said ahead of the third Test: “I think they have shot themselves in the foot. They didn’t back their seamers to do the job, and I thought their seamers bowled pretty well in South Africa. They bowled us out for 263 in Durban on quite a sporting deck.
“I didn’t expect that New Zealand would play two spinners in the first Test and when they left Tim Southee out I was also surprised. Just the fact that two series before that, Bangladesh and Pakistan were here and they played on surfaces that were quite sporting for the seamers.
“I expected it to be the same, but obviously with the type of seam attack we have they thought they would be under pressure.”
Piedt lost his place in the team as number one spinner to Keshav Maharaj who has been impressive since making his debut in Australia on the back of a great first class season.
The Cape Cobras captain has no hard feelings against Maharaj and praised the left-arm spinners nouse and patience.
He added: “He’s shown that he’s in unbelievable form and he’s done that in domestic cricket so I can only be happy for him.