Marco Jansen: We’ll try to force them to make the mistakes

Proteas fast bowler Marco Jansen says the team knew they would encounter some resistance from the New Zealand batters in the second Test in Christchurch.

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Responding to the Proteas first innings total of 364, the Black Caps slipped to 91/5 but Daryl Mitchell (29 not out) and in particular Colin de Grandhomme (54 not out) with an unbroken stand of 66 saw the home team through to the close of play.

The hosts went to stumps on day two on 157/5, still a deficit of 207 runs, and Jansen, who has figures of 2-48 in 12 overs, says the Proteas must be patient and try and force mistakes as they look for a sizable first innings lead in the must-win Test.

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“We always knew there was going to be a partnership somewhere, but we said we won’t back down if one comes up,” Jansen said.

“We just need to stay in the fight and keep hitting our areas for as long as possible. We’re going to go out on day three and try to make them play as much as possible.

“We’ll try to force them to make the mistakes because it is a good batting wicket if the ball isn’t doing anything.”

Marco Jansen also displayed impressive form with the bat

The 21-year-old showed his own capabilities with the bat in just his fifth Test early on the second day as he struck 37 not out to help the tourists to a decent total.

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The lanky Jansen hit six boundaries in his knock and shared in a crucial stand of 62 for the ninth wicket with Keshav Maharaj (36).

Marco Jansen said: “Last year, I was included in the SA ‘A’ squad and had the privilege of working with (former Proteas batter) Neil McKenzie, who helped me a lot, not just mentally but strategically, working on my game plans and those kinds of things.

“When I got to the Proteas, I worked a lot with ‘Sammo’ (Justin Sammons), our batting coach, just tweaking my technique a bit and trying to tighten it up.

“We focused more on my mental approach. That’s basically what we’ve been working on in the last few months.”

Day 3 will begin at midnight SA time on Saturday.

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