New Zealand ready for Pakistan challenge

New Zealand’s cricketers are looking forward to pitting their wits against the in-form Pakistani spin attack in the forthcoming three-match Test series according to bowling coach Shane Bond.

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Pakistan are currently in a strong position to beat Australia 2-0 in their ongoing contest thanks largely to the effectiveness of their spinners.

Bond admitted the Pakistanis will be tough opponents on the dry pitches of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which will help slow bowlers.

“I think this is a really good challenge for us,” Bond told reporters.

“It has been a good last year for us and Pakistan are also playing well. This is going to be real good measure of us as a team and so we are looking forward to it,” added the former bowling ace.

The Black Caps will start the tour with a three-day warm-up game against Pakistan ‘A’ — a second string team — in Sharjah on Monday.

The first Test starts in Abu Dhabi on November 9.

“Pakistan as a team have been difficult for a long time. They are in their own conditions though they are not in Pakistan,” said Bond, who played 18 Tests in which he took 87 wickets and 82 one-day games, taking 147 wickets.

“So Pakistan in these kind of conditions are very tough and there are extra young players coming through we have seen.

“We are coming in fresh and Pakistan will have played two Test matches and this will see them play five in a row.”

The second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand will be in Dubai from November 17 followed by the third in Sharjah from November 26.

They will then play two Twenty20 games followed by five one-day internationals against Pakistan.