New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. @ Getty Images
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. @ Getty Images

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that the BlackCaps are excited for the deciding Test against Pakistan which begins in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel’s five wickets spun a web around the Pakistan batting line-up to help the Kiwis register a come-from-behind four-run victory against Pakistan in the first Test.

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Yasir Shah, whose 14-wicket match haul, crushed New Zealand in the second Test as Pakistan won the match by an innings and 16 runs, is five wickets shy of shatter Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmettt‘s record of completing 200 wickets in 36 Tests.

The series is poised nicely, and Williamson recognises that the chance of a series win in the UAE (Pakistan have only lost one series here since making it their adopted home in 2010) would be a spectacular achievement.

“We’re really excited to be involved in a decider here,” Williamson said on Sunday.

“We know how tough it is to come over to the UAE to play Pakistan, a very strong side that know these conditions well. It’s a really exciting prospect and the guys are looking forward to it.”

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Williamson said that his side are determined to move on from their crushing defeat and carry the positives of that match – they scored 312 in the second innings as opposed to their paltry 90 in the first dig – into the decider.

“It was about 45 minutes of madness and someone like Yasir Shah who’s an outstanding performer bowled very, very well and put us under pressure. It certainly turned the Test on its head from then on. To follow that with a very good batting effort on a wearing pitch was a really good sign,” he said.

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New Zealand will name their playing XI on Monday after having a look at the conditions. Pakistan, on the other hand, were dealt with a major blow when pacer Mohammad Abbas was ruled out with a shoulder injury which means young left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi might get a look in.