New Zealand take on Pakistan in Christchurch in the First Test of what promises to be tight test series between two nations that are always ready for a good old fashioned tussle.
New Zealand come off a disappointing series against India where they ground down to a 3-0 defeat in an emphatic manner. They will look to reverse their fortunes on pitches much more suited to their line-up as they will no longer have to fight it out on spinner friendly tracks. After their collective batting failure in India, the Kiwis have ushered in a series of new faces in order to avoid similar problems. The bowling line-up hasn’t changed much a part from Southee’s return from injury.
Pakistan come off a good series against the West Indies where their batsmen managed to churn out some great scores, yet in spite of this crumbled when the pressure mounted. Their bowling line-up looks solid with a good pace battery as well as an ace spinner such as Yasir Shah in their ranks.