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New Zealand have shocked the cricketing world by including veteran all-rounder Daniel Vettori in their squad for the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.
The move comes after Vettori only recently admitted that his Test career was all but over.
“From the first two Tests it’s been pretty clear how important spin is in these conditions and we expect the pitch in Sharjah to be the slowest of all three wickets,” New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said. “The possibility of having three bowlers who can exploit those conditions is an exciting option for us to have.
“Our spinners aren’t used to bowling on conditions where footholes play such a part. Pakistan spinners beat us off the wicket and at home traditionally we try and beat guys in the air. When you have footholes to hit, it’s very hard to change the method that you’ve trained your whole life. I thought the way Ish and Mark have adapted over the last couple of Tests is pleasing but they are still striving for consistency of pace as well.
“Dan obviously has an incredible amount of experience and has shown how effective he can be in these sorts of conditions. It doesn’t mean that Dan will play in Tests for us in the future, but it’s a great opportunity to use him in this one-off unique situation.”
Vettori has been touring the United Arab Emirates with the New Zealand A team, but trained with the national squad on Monday.