Arthur calls on beaten Pakistan to toughen up for Tests

New Zealand looked to be in charge of the Test only at the end of the fourth day

New Zealand looked to be in charge of the Test only at the end of the fourth day

Nicholls also had lengthy innings in the Black Caps' second digs in the other two tests, lasting 171 balls for 55 runs as they won the first, then 187 balls for 77 runs as they followed on on their way to losing the second.

The series saw New Zealand win the first Test, while Pakistan staged a comeback in the second to level things.

"It was fantastic. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough".

Yasir's strike left New Zealand fighting to save both the match in Abu Dhabi, and the series - now tied at 1-1 - as they reached 112-4 at lunch on the fourth day.

Even without the retired Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka still have some handy spinners led by veteran Dilruwan Perera, but in New Zealand's seam-friendly conditions, their seam attack likely won't be up to standard.

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Yasir, 32, trapped New Zealand's William Somerville LBW to claim his 200th Test scalp. However, that likely preference may result in limited involvement for the bowling stars of the third test victory over Pakistan.

Pakistan were set 280 runs to win, but were dismissed for 156 in 56.1 overs with spinners Ajaz Patel taking 3-42 and Will Somerville collecting 3-52 in Abu Dhabi.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead says he's excited by his side's spin prospects heading into the 2018/19 home season, with no fewer than five possible options to chose from ahead of next week's first Test with Sri Lanka.

There should be no major changes in the batting lineup, despite a mixed display in the Pakistan series.

Following Grimmett and Ashwin, Australia's Dennis Lillee (38 Tests), Pakistan's Waqar Younis (38 Tests) and South Africa's Dale Steyn (39 Tests) held the top five spots in the list of fastest to 200 wickets before Yasir Shah achieved the milestone. "It feels special, and this will be one that the guys remember for a long time", Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson, who was named man-of-the-match, said.

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