New Zealand gearing up for Pakistan Test challenge, says Tim Southee | cricket news


Karachi: New Zealand’s newly appointed captain Tim Southee Pakistan is expected to bounce back from a 3-0 home Test series whitewash at the hands of an attacking England team, saying on Sunday that its men will find their way back to defeat the injury-ravaged hosts.
England handed Pakistan their first 3-0 home Test whitewash earlier this week, boosting the reputation of their newly adopted ultra-aggressive style of Test cricket – coined “baazball” after the head coach’s nickname Brendon McCullum,
The Kiwis will take on Pakistan in the first match of the two-match series in Karachi on Monday.
Southee described England’s victory as “impressive and unbelievable”, but said his team would find their own strategy to deal with Pakistan.
“I think England played an unbelievable style of cricket to come here and win three Tests and the way they did it was very impressive,” Southee said on Sunday.
“It seems to be working for them (England), so we are trying to find ways that are working for us and hopefully put in performances that work in our favour. “
Southee, taking over the Test captaincy from Kane Williamson, said that the conditions in Pakistan would favor spin.
“I think when you come to this part of the world, you think spinners will have more impact,” Southee said. “But there’s also a place for speed.”
New Zealand has won only one Test series in 1969 in Pakistan.
The last time they played a Test in Pakistan was in 2002, with Pakistan’s “home” series being played in the United Arab Emirates in the interim mostly due to security concerns.
The Kiwis have dominated Pakistan in recent encounters, winning their last three series against them – twice in New Zealand (2016 and 2020) and once in UAE in 2018.
Southee said he expected Pakistan to bounce back from the whitewash.
“Pakistan are a very good team, especially in these conditions,” Southee said.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam vowed that his team would come back strongly.
Azam said, ‘Yes, in the last series we could not accomplish what we wanted, but I have faith in my team and players that we can come back strongly.’
Pakistan captain said he is not bothered by the recent changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board Rameez Raja sacked as chairman and replaced by a management committee on Thursday.
Chief selector Mohammad Wasim was also sacked, replaced by former player Shahid Afridi,
Azam said, “Things have changed in the last two or three days but being a professional you have to face such things.”
“Our job is to try, perform and apply the best that we have on the field. These things are off the field and our focus is on how to win the match and the series.”
The second Test of the series, to be played from January 2, has been shifted to Karachi due to foggy weather in Multan, where it was to be played.


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