Friday, 3 December 2021

New Zealand search for first series win against Pakistan since 1985

CHRISTCHURCH: 12 Consecutive undefeated Test series for Pakistan against New Zealand (including one-off Tests) – they have won seven and drawn five. The only ongoing streak of undefeated Test series between two of the top eight teams is South Africa’s run of 15 unbeaten series against New Zealand. Australia also have an ongoing streak of 12 unbeaten series against New Zealand. 1985 The last instance of Pakistan losing a Test series in New Zealand. Since then they have won five and drawn three (including one-off Tests). Pakistan’s win-loss record in New Zealand is their best among all opposition teams. 28.21 Pakistan’s bowling average in New Zealand in the last 10 years. They have the second-best bowling average in New Zealand during this period, next only to South Africa.

32 Wickets for Neil Wagner in 2016. He has been New Zealand’s best bowler with a strike rate of 48.9 and three five-wicket hauls. No other New Zealand bowler has taken a five-wicket haul this year. Wagner has 99 wickets from 25 Tests, and is set to become the second-fastest to 100 Test wickets for New Zealand after Richard Hadlee, who reached the mark in 25 matches. 21.75 Kane Williamson’s average at home against Pakistan: He has a highest of 50 in four innings; among all countries against whom he has played more than one home Test, his average against Pakistan is the lowest. His overall home average is 57.51, with four hundreds in 19 Tests. 49 Tests in which Misbah-ul-Haq has captained Pakistan. The first Test of the New Zealand series will be his 50th as captain, the most for Pakistan. Pakistan have won 24 Tests under Misbah, which is ten more than they have won under any other captain – they had 14 wins when Imran Khan and Javed Miandad led the team. Misbah also has more runs and hundreds as captain than any other Pakistan player.

6 Players from the current Pakistan squad who have played Tests in New Zealand. The last time Pakistan toured New Zealand for a Test series was back in 2011. 20.33 Ross Taylor’s average in the last three home series he has played in – he has scored 183 runs in 10 innings, with a highest of 41. Also, since the tour to Zimbabwe earlier this year he hasn’t made a half-century in nine innings, averaging 11.50. 65.28 Younis Khan’s average in Tests in New Zealand, which is his best in any country outside Asia. In eight innings he has scored 457 runs with a century and three fifties.

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