Sharjah - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and chose to bat in the
third and final Test against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday.
leading the series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Abu Dhabi,
brought in opener Mohammad Hafeez and paceman Mohammad Talha for Taufeeq
Umar and Ehsan Adil.
Seamer Adil suffered a side strain after
playing the second Test in Dubai, which ended in a draw. Hafeez missed
the second Test with a hamstring injury.
New Zealand replaced
all-rounder Jimmy Neesham with veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori
who is playing his 112th Test -- a national record -- and his first
since July 2012,
Vettori, 35, whose back problems have confined
him to limited-overs matches, beats the 111 caps compiled by former New
Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.
Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq,
Azhar Ali, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Babar,
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Tom Latham, Kane
Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Daniel Vettori,
Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)
TV umpire: Ranmore Martinesz (SRI)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)