New Zealand skipper Kane Williams on Friday (Nov 16) won the toss and decided to bat first against Pakistan in first test match. Williamson missed the last one-day international in Dubai on Sunday with a groin injury. New Zealand handed a Test debut to 30-year-old left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, leaving out paceman Tim Southee.
Pakistan’s opener Imamul Haq returned to the squad after injury. During second ODI against New Zeeland, Imam sustained head injury when ball Lockie Ferguson struck grille of his helmet and Imam stumbled towards the floor and laying down with his eyes closed. He was taken to hospital where he undergoe some precautionary tests, later he was discharged from hospital.
The second Test is in Dubai from November 24-28 and the third in Abu Dhabi from December 3-7.
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Imamul Haq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hassan Ali
Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, BJ Watling, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG) TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS) Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)
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18 August, 2019