Pakistan have the power


Coach Mickey Arthur believes Pakistan have the firepower to match New Zealand’s swing and seam bowlers and that the contest would be decided by the top seven.

Arthur feels his quicks are more than a match for the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner.

Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Amir have shown themselves capable of producing venomous spells of bowling but will need to be more consistent than they have been in recent times.

Pakistan v West Indies - 1st Test: Day Five

Arthur told “Pakistan and New Zealand both have an impressive bowling attack but our seam bowlers can trouble the Kiwi batsmen.

“I think it is going to be top seven versus top seven really because both sides possess really good bowling attacks in all departments, seam swing, pace and spin.”

Arthur expects the pitch for the first Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch to be a sporting one, offering something for the quicks.


The coach said:  “It’s generally a fairly good wicket there and if anything, it’ll swing and seam a little bit.`

“The Test matches could prove to be troubling for the batsmen in particular.”

Pakistan take on New Zealand in the first test from November 17 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch and the second Test will get underway on November 25 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.