Working over of the day
Unlike some of his team-mates, Dale Steyn is no childhood friend of Neil Wagner and it does not look as though he wants to be an adult chum of his either. After Wagner tried to scare Steyn with a few short balls and even hit him on the hand when he was batting on day two, Steyn meted out the same treatment but with better results. Five bouncers in a row in the mid-140s were hurled at Wagner, one of which was wide down the leg side and the message was clear. Then Steyn bowled a touch fuller, still back of a length and Wagner played outside the line and was struck on the pad. Even though Wagner was convinced he had edged, and a slight Hot Spot was visible, he was given out and stayed out.
Technique of the day
Jeetan Patel drew a few giggles the last time he batted because he took guard from what looked a mile outside leg stump. Brendon McCullum said he’d been working on his batting but it didn’t show. Patel was so scared of facing Steyn that he exposed his stumps again, first dancing outside off to try and hook and then almost running away from them to square leg as a ball came in on off stump, which was duly removed. Still some work to be done with the willow then.
Smash of the day
New Zealand’s line-up