Wellington: South Africa will continue to attack New Zealand when the fourth day of the final Test begins on Monday rather than sit back and play for a draw despite holding a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, batsman Alviro Petersen said on Sunday.
New Zealand reached 65 without loss at the close of the third day in response to South Africa's 474 for 9 declared, and while fine weather is expected for the final two days the hosts' chances of forcing a result in the match appear slim.
Petersen, who top scored with 156 in South Africa's first innings, said the Proteas were keen to keep pushing for a result despite only needing a draw after winning the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton by nine wickets.
"We would have liked to have picked up some wickets here tonight," Petersen said. "We've got to find a way tomorrow. Come here fully focused with the attitude of trying to win a Test match.
"We want to win a Test match here, that's the important thing."
Petersen had been under pressure entering the match, having scored just 66 runs at 16.25 in his four previous Test innings on the tour of New Zealand.
However, he produced when his team needed it, taking advantage of an easy-paced pitch to graft his way to his third Test century.
"I was under pressure coming into this game because of the standards I set for myself," Petersen said. "The Proteas are a high performance team, we set high standards for ourselves and we want to live up to those standards.
"I haven't really scored a lot of runs in this series so it was important that I once I got in that I try and score big."