New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes his side will have to be at their absolute best if they are going to trouble Pakistan in the third and final Test match, which starts in Sharjah on Wednesday.
South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and Australia's Aaron Finch, James Faulkner and Steven Smith were the big movers on the latest One Day International (ODI) player rankings, which were released on Monday.
Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry has signed up with the Scorchers for the next season's KFC Big Bash.
Injured Australian captain Michael Clarke has been included in the squad for the first Test against India, but has been withdrawn from this week's tour match against MS Dhoni's side.
Sri Lanka have included veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in their squad for the upcoming seven-match One Day International (ODI) series against England, which starts in Colombo on Wednesday.