The hosts New Zealand and the visitors Pakistan will face each other in the 2-match Test series from Saturday (26th December) morning. The first Test of this series will be played at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
Ahead of this Test series, both teams competed in the three-match T20I series in the ongoing Pakistan tour of New Zealand. The hosts won that series by the 2-1 margin.
Venue stats (Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui)
Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui) has hosted only one Test till the date. In November 2019, New Zealand played against England at this venue. After England batted first, they scored 353 runs. While the hosts replied with 615/9 (decl.), the visitors were bundled out once again for 197 runs. The hosts won that match by an innings and 65 runs.
New Zealand vs Pakistan: Head-to-Head Test records
|Stats||Total Tests||New Zealand Won||Pakistan Won||Tied||Draw|
|In the last 10 Tests||10||5||3||0||2|
|In New Zealand||31||7||10||0||14|
|In last 5 Tests in New Zealand||5||2||1||0||2|
|At Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui)||–||–||–||–||–|
Forms in last 5 Tests
- New Zealand are currently running with the 4-match winning streak in Test cricket.
- After their 8-wicket defeat against South Africa in Wellington Test in March 2017, New Zealand haven’t suffered a home Test defeat yet. Since then, they have played 15 home Tests, out of which, they won 11 matches and drew other 4 games.
Ross Taylor – most capped New Zealand cricketer in international cricket history
i) It will be the 438th international match for the 36-year-old Ross Taylor. During this match, Taylor will become the most-capped New Zealand cricketer in international cricket history by surpassing Daniel Vettori’s (437 matches) record.
Kane Williamson – 3rd most international run-scorer for New Zealand
i) Kane Williamson has already scored 14623 international runs. Adding 54 more runs, Williamson will surpass former Blackcaps star Brendon McCullum (14676 runs) and become the third most international run-scorer for New Zealand. The top two batsmen in this list are Ross Taylor (17768 runs) and Stephen Fleming (15289 runs).
Henry Nicholls – 2000 Test runs
i) Henry Nicholls (1928 runs) is 72 runs away to complete his 2000 Test runs.
Tim Southee – 300 Test wickets
i) The right-arm pacer Tim Southee has picked up 296 wickets in Test career. He is four wickets away to become the third New Zealand bowler to claim 300 Test wickets. The first two Blackcaps bowlers in this list were Sir Richard Hadlee (431 wickets) and Daniel Vettori (361 wickets).
Neil Wagner – 150 Test wickets at home
i) The left-arm pacer Neil Wagner has already taken 146 Test wickets at home. He is four wickets away to complete his 150 Test wickets at home. Till the date, four New Zealand bowlers have managed to pick up 150 Test wickets at home.