New Zealand win toss, opt to bat in first Test against Pakistan

Kane Williamson is fit to lead New Zealand against Pakistan on Friday night

"But it is a fresh series and obviously they had a successful time against Australia, so it's important that we try and take some of those lessons and play our best cricket".

This series is the first away test series since 2016 for them so that recent record does flatter them a touch given the matches were all at home although they last played in UAE with numerous same players and they performed well as they drew 1-1 in a three-match series.

Pakistan struck early to remove both New Zealand openers, after the tourists won the toss and chose to bat in the first of three Test matches at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The 42 runs the pair added may not seem enormously consequential, but that they did it over 16 overs without allowing any further bloodletting didn't just get New Zealand out of treacherous territory, but may be looked upon by their team-mates as the blueprint for survival against a bowling attack that is as relentless as it is explosive.

During the Pakistan-Australia Test match, the Abu Dhabi track produced turn and bounce from the very first day. Saad boasts a first-class average of 46.81 and recently scored a 144 against New Zealand A.

With the ball, Tim Southee and Trent Boult remain the chief weapons while Ish Sodhi will like to leave behind his limited-overs form and start afresh in the Test series.

It brought Nicholls and Williamson together, and as the Test progresses, it may become clearer how crucial it was to saving New Zealand's first innings.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult will lead a strong bowling attack which also has Matt Henry and Neil Wagner.

Neil Wagner puts his best every time he plays and has the ability to take wickets in all conditions.

New Zealand have not played a test match in nearly eight months since England visited them in March but their form in this format is relatively good overall having won six and drawn four of their last 11 tests.

Pacer Mohammad Abbas had Jeet Raval out cheaply for 7, and spinner Yasir Shah removed Tom Latham for 13 in the first session of the day.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.

. Mohammad Abbas' consistency in picking wickets can be useful for vice-captain role.

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