Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori makes a shocking return to Test cricket after being called into the side for the third Test against Pakistan to be held at Sharjah from 26th November.

Vettori hasn’t played a Test since July 2012 because of the series of injuries he suffered in the recent years and due to it, he had himself questioned his fitness for the five-day game. But with New Zealand in a must-win situation, it looks like that Daniel Vettori’s experience would come in handy to the team and especially the other two spinners (Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig) who would be the X-factor’s if New Zealand are to win this game.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson was quoted in saying:

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 b the slowest of all three wickets. The possibility of having three bowlers who can exploit those conditions is an exciting option for us to have.”

“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 come into the side at the expense of Jimmy Neesham, who has been a flop for New Zealand in this series. With this, the balance of the side has shaped up nicely as there are three genuine spinners (Vettori, Craig and Sodhi), two fast-bowlers (Tim Southee and Trent Boult) and one fast-bowling all-rounder (Corey Anderson). 


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