New Zealand’s 45 is lowest Test score since 1974

New Zealand were dismissed for 45 – the lowest Test score in almost 39 years – by South Africa on Wednesday.

Kane Williamson was the only player to reach double figures in New Zealand’s first innings on day one of the first Test in Cape Town as pace bowler Vernon Philander took 5-7.

The total was the third lowest ever scored by New Zealand.

Later in the day, Jacques Kallis became the fourth batsman to reach 13,000 Test runs as South Africa finished on 252-3.

Opener Alviro Petersen was unbeaten on 103 at the close.

After New Zealand had won the toss, Morne Morkel took 3-14 while Dale Steyn (2-18) became the joint third fastest bowler to 300 Test wickets, earning a standing ovation when he knocked Doug Bracewell’s off stump over. Read more
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