The Proteas have struggled with their punching skills for the past four years and have seen a steady decline culminating with their 95 all against New Zealand on the opening day of the first Test match in Christchurch on Thursday.
The series against the Black Caps is their 10th since 2018, but it was the Proteas bowlers who shone during that time, helping them win five series, losing four in that span.
There have been no draws in the last nine heats they have played, with 23 games played and the Proteas winning 12 and losing 11.
In that time, the Proteas batted a total of 44 innings, all throwing out 39 times.
Of those 39 innings, the Proteas only managed to score more than 300 runs on six occasions, while scoring 21 under 300, 11 under 200 and once under 100.
Their best innings in this period came in the 2020/21 Test series against Sri Lanka in South Africa, who won the Proteas 2-0, setting the tone in the first Test with a mammoth 621 all the way out, but the remains the only one. They have scored more than 500 runs in this period.
Their worst innings also came against Sri Lanka in 2018 in Sri Lanka, a series the Proteas lost 2-0, being knocked out for 73 in the second innings of the first Test after dropping just 126 in the first Test. had played out. collections.
So the 95 all-out against New Zealand is the second time in the past 10 series that the Proteas have been knocked out for under 100.
Other recent instances where they were knocked out for under 100 in Tests include: 96 all out against Australia in 2011, 79 all out against India in 2015, and 83 all out against England in 2016.
The Proteas will have to research their batting woes for a long time and find a way to turn their fortunes back, because while the great bowling attack supports them excellently, they can’t expect to wear them forever.
The first Test against New Zealand continues, check the Citizen online for daily match reports.