New Zealand have been near invincible at home in the last few years.
Skipper Babar Azam suffered a fracture on his right thumb during the training session and will miss the test series.Cricket Betting
|Shan Masood||c: Taylor b: Southee||0||8||0||0||0.00|
|Abid Ali||c: Watling b: Boult||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Azhar Ali||c: Watling b: Boult||38||120||4||0||31.67|
|Haris Sohail||c: Santner b: Southee||9||46||0||0||19.57|
|Fawad Alam||c: Watling b: Wagner||102||269||14||0||37.92|
|Mohammad Rizwan||lbw: Jamieson||60||191||6||0||31.41|
|Faheem Ashraf||c: Watling b: Wagner||19||28||4||0||67.86|
|Yasir Shah||c: Southee b: Jamieson||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Mohammad Abbas||lbw: Santner||1||26||0||0||3.85|
|Shaheen Afridi||not out||8||30||2||0||26.67|
|Naseem Shah||c&b: Santner||1||24||0||0||4.17|
|Total||(123.3 Ov, RR: 2.19)||271/10|
|Fall of wickets: 2-0 (Shan Masood, 2.2), 1-0 (Abid Ali, 1.2), 4-75 (Azhar Ali, 39.3), 3-37 (Haris Sohail, 17.5), 6-242 (Fawad Alam, 105.6), 5-240 (Mohammad Rizwan, 102.5), 8-259 (Faheem Ashraf, 111.5), 7-251 (Yasir Shah, 108.3), 9-261 (Mohammad Abbas, 115.4), 10-271 (Naseem Shah, 123.3)|
|Tom Latham||c: Ali b: Shah||53||112||3||0||47.32|
|Tom Blundell||b: Abbas||64||107||7||0||59.81|
|Kane Williamson||c: Rizwan b: Shah||21||33||2||0||63.64|
|Ross Taylor||not out||12||13||1||0||92.31|
|Henry Nicholls||c: Abbas b: Shah||11||5||2||0||220.00|
|BJ Watling||run out (Sub)||5||3||1||0||166.67|
|Mitchell Santner||not out||6||5||1||0||120.00|
|Total||(45.3 Ov, RR: 3.96)||180/5|
|Fall of wickets: 2-139 (Tom Latham, 39.5), 1-111 (Tom Blundell, 32.4), 3-147 (Kane Williamson, 41.6), 4-165 (Henry Nicholls, 43.3), 5-170 (BJ Watling, 43.6)|
|Shan Masood||c: Watling b: Jamieson||10||42||0||0||23.81|
|Abid Ali||b: Jamieson||25||104||3||0||24.04|
|Mohammad Abbas||c: Taylor b: Boult||5||55||1||0||9.09|
|Azhar Ali||c: Watling b: Southee||5||34||0||0||14.71|
|Haris Sohail||c: Nicholls b: Southee||3||22||0||0||13.64|
|Fawad Alam||c: Watling b: Wagner||9||42||0||0||21.43|
|Mohammad Rizwan||run out (Santner)||71||142||8||0||50.00|
|Faheem Ashraf||c: Watling b: Jamieson||91||134||15||1||67.91|
|Yasir Shah||b: Boult||4||7||1||0||57.14|
|Shaheen Afridi||c: Latham b: Wagner||6||30||0||0||20.00|
|Naseem Shah||not out||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Total||(102.2 Ov, RR: 2.34)||239/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Shan Masood, 15.3), 2-39 (Abid Ali, 32.2), 3-43 (Mohammad Abbas, 33.6), 4-51 (Azhar Ali, 42.2), 5-52 (Haris Sohail, 42.6), 6-80 (Fawad Alam, 59.1), 7-187 (Mohammad Rizwan, 88.6), 10-239 (Faheem Ashraf, 102.2), 8-196 (Yasir Shah, 90.6), 9-235 (Shaheen Afridi, 101.3)|
|Tom Latham||c: Ali b: Afridi||4||3||1||0||133.33|
|Tom Blundell||c: Shah b: Afridi||5||29||0||0||17.24|
|Kane Williamson||c: Sohail b: Shah||129||297||12||1||43.43|
|Ross Taylor||c: Rizwan b: Afridi||70||151||10||1||46.36|
|Henry Nicholls||c: Khan b: Shah||56||137||5||0||40.88|
|BJ Watling||c: Shah b: Afridi||73||145||8||0||50.34|
|Mitchell Santner||c: Rizwan b: Ashraf||19||43||2||1||44.19|
|Kyle Jamieson||c: Rizwan b: Abbas||32||69||1||1||46.38|
|Tim Southee||b: Shah||0||9||0||0||0.00|
|Neil Wagner||c: Khan b: Shah||19||36||2||0||52.78|
|Trent Boult||not out||8||17||0||0||47.06|
|Total||(155.0 Ov, RR: 2.78)||431/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Tom Latham, 0.3), 2-13 (Tom Blundell, 10.2), 5-281 (Kane Williamson, 104.3), 3-133 (Ross Taylor, 56.5), 4-266 (Henry Nicholls, 100.1), 9-421 (BJ Watling, 151.2), 6-317 (Mitchell Santner, 119.2), 7-383 (Kyle Jamieson, 141.2), 8-388 (Tim Southee, 144.1), 10-431 (Neil Wagner, 154.6)|
Right then, the T20I series is done and dusted and its now time for the big Test series. It is the second Test series of the summer in New Zealand.
Pakistan are scheduled to play two Test matches (Boxing Day Test and New Year’s Test) and this series will be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC).
New Zealand have been near invincible at home in the last few years. The last time they lost a Test match at home was back in March 2017 against the South Africa cricket side.
Irrespective of whether they bat first or bowl first, the Kiwis have found a set template of winning at home. Their bowlers have been firing on all cylinders. The trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner have been absolutely dominant and this year, they have been ably aided by Kyle Jamieson.
The batting looks in good shape and wears a settled look as well.
On the other hand, Pakistan last played Test cricket in August this year where they lost to England 0-1. They played well in that series and bottled up the first Test, a game which they should’ve won. In the third game, they batted well to save the Test match following on. Their batting will miss the solid Babar Azam and the batting might be rejigged slightly.
The bowling attack is likely to remain the same for Pakistan that played against England in August earlier this year.
Team news: New Zealand
New Zealand are back to full strength once again as they will be joined by skipper Kane Williamson, who missed the last Test match against West Indies. He played the last two T20Is and is all set to start the Test series as well.
Meanwhile, the only injury issue that the Kiwis have is that of Colin de Grandhomme. The seam-bowling all-rounder will miss the entire Test series against Pakistan due to a stress fracture to his right ankle. Mitchell Santner has been included in the Test squad ahead of left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel.
The rest of the side wears an expected look and they might make just one change to the XI that played the second Test against West Indies.
Team news: Pakistan
It hasn’t been a great tour for Pakistan as far as injuries are concerned. Skipper Babar Azam suffered a fracture on his right thumb during the training session ahead of the three-match T20I series. He missed the entire T20I rubber and he has also been ruled out of the first Test.
Moreover, opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq has also been ruled out of the first Test. The left-handed batsman fractured his left thumb during a training session. Mohammad Rizwan will lead Pakistan in the absence of Azam who was supposed to make his Test captaincy debut in this Test series.
Skipper Kane Williamson joins the New Zealand, and team they are back to full strength once again.
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed/Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Kyle Jamieson: Kyle Jamieson has been very impressive in his short international career so far. The tall quick from Auckland has played just four Test matches but has had an impact in each one of them. He has taken 20 wickets in those four Test matches and with the bat, he has amassed 164 runs at an average of 54.66. Thus, Jamieson will be the player to watch out for in this series.
Mohammad Rizwan: In the absence of Babar Azam, it is Mohammad Rizwan who will be leading Pakistan. He has been in good form in the recent past.
In the Test series against England, the wicket-keeper batsman aggregated 161 runs in four innings which included a couple of half-centuries. Rizwan has been an integral part of the Test side in the last couple of years. His role as a batsman in the middle-order will be crucial as well.