Wagner lauds the rhythm of Boult

New Zealand

Black Caps bowler, Neil Wagner, may have ended the first day of the first Test against the country of his birth as the pick of the bowlers in terms of figures but he praised fellow quick Trent Boult.

Boult produced two excellent deliveries to remove Stephen Cook and Protea's top scorer, Hashim Amla, and looked the best of New Zealand's bowlers.

The seamer has returned to full fitness after a back injury and bowled the fastest delivery of the day, clocking 142kmph.

A return to full pace will please New Zealand after Boult was clocking speed's in the 120's against Zimbabwe.

Wagner said of Boult: "Trent bowled really well to start, and that set the day up for us. He looked like he was in great rhythm,"

While Boult looked the best of the Kiwi bowlers, Wagner got the results. He bowled in the right areas and benefited from some poor shots from the South African batsman.

The left-armer feels Kingsmead poses different challenges to the flat deck in Bulawayo, with bowler's needing to be careful not to get carried away by the assistance they get from the 'green mamba'.

Wagner added: "With the wicket having a little bit more bounce here, your margin of error was a little smaller in Bulawayo,

"As a bowler, you can get a little bit carried away here, but I thought everybody bowled exceptionally well in partnerships today. We are pretty happy with where we are, but we know we still need to get two crucial wickets tomorrow and then go in with the bat and apply ourselves."