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New Zealand takes on Pakistan in the first PAK vs NZ Test match starting from December 26 in Karachi. The Kiwis are placed seventh in the WTC points table. Their chances of qualifying for the final are next to impossible as they are placed well below in the log. The Kiwis are playing Test cricket after a long layoff. They last played a Test series against England in May-June losing 0-3.

The Kiwis recently played Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final and they lost to the Men in Green. Pakistan in turn lost to England in the final. Tim Southee will be leading New Zealand in the series after Kane Williamson decided to step down as the Test captain. Babar Azam will continue to lead Pakistan.

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Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand head into this series after losing an ODI and T20I series to India by a 1-0 margin each. The side on the road would like to pick themselves up and come back to winning ways.

New Zealand have included Ish Sodhi for the Test series against Pakistan. He played his last Test in November 2018. Alongside him is Ajaz Patel who will be sharing the responsibilities of spin bowling. In this article, we predict New Zealand’s playing XI for the first Test keeping the conditions in mind.

PAK vs NZ: New Zealand Playing 11 for Pakistan, 1st Test

Devon Conway (WK)

Devon Conway, New Zealand
Devon Conway (Image Credit: Twitter)

Conway will open the batting for New Zealand. He has been a very dependable player for the Kiwis across all three formats. He is a good player of spin which is required in Pakistan conditions.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.