THE Black Caps have been put out of their misery, with South Africa wrapping up the second and final test before lunch on the fourth day with an innings and 193 run defeat at St George’s Park.
New Zealand began the day at 157 for four, with Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling having shown some resistance the previous afternoon.
The pair lasted half and hour of the morning session, but once Brownlie was dismissed the end came quickly, with the last five wickets falling for eight runs in 30 balls.
The three-match ODI series begins in Paarl on Saturday.
The defeat was New Zealand’s 23rd test loss to South Africa, but it’s unlikely any of the previous 21 defeats were as crushing as the past two.
The hosts are the world’s best team, but even that was no excuse for the poor efforts of late, including being bowled out for 45 in the first innings of the first test.