Rain played spoil sport, not for the first time in the Test or this series. An evenly-poised first Test was washed off due to unrelenting showers on the final day. However, in Hamilton, there was more at stake for Kane Williamson and his men. Faf du Plessis, the South African skipper, acknowledged as much, after the game and the series came to a premature end.
"Everyone would say New Zealand can count themselves very unlucky," du Plessis said on Wednesday (March 29), after South Africa won the series 1-0. "They dominated this Test match and deserved to have a crack at us today. It's a real fair assessment to say we've been saved by the rain."
Williamson said, ""Obviously (it is) very frustrating, coming into the last day with a lot to play for, saying that we were probably quite fortunate to play as much cricket as we did in this Test. Overall, we have to look at this game as a really positive game and one that was potentially one of our best Test performances of the home summer, (it was) just unfortunate not to get the last day and push for a result against one of the best Test teams in world cricket."
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