The hosts New Zealand will be relieved after they resume their cricketing season at home after tough tour of India that saw them lose all three tests. It has not gone according to the plan according to Coach Mike Hesson and Captain Kane Williamson who did come under severe due to several players like Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor suffering from bad run with the bat. Williamson was also not his usual best with the bat by his personal standards as he will be looking to make amends in the home test series against Pakistan.
New Zealand has made changes to their squad as it was inevitable as the side lost four games in the last five played in test cricket. Martin Guptill was the first to face the axe he was poor with the bat against South Africa and India. The other changes are Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi and Jeetan Patel who are dropped the side making way for new faces like Todd Astle, Jeet Raval and Colin de Grandhomme all called up for national selection due to good performances in test circuit in New Zealand.
Pakistan side led by Misbah-ul-Haq continued their good run of form in test cricket by dominating West Indies in the three match series. The last test at Sharjah was a wakeup call for the Men in Green as lost the game to a weak West Indies team that included handful number of good players. Yasir Shah seems to be a trump card for Pakistan while Sohail Khan has also put his hand up in places like England to see the side come out on top with greater frequency. Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have all been decent but lacked consistency in the games played thus far this season.
There will be changes for both the sides as pitch at Christchurch is set to be good one for bowlers with a tinge of green on the surface just before the eve of the first test.It will another classic battle of attrition as both sides will compete hard to push each other for the first test.