Vettori back for Kiwis
Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori's comeback and who wins the toss will be the joint focus in the series-deciding third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand starting in Sharjah on Wednesday.
New Zealand have included Vettori in the eleven in their bids to level the series which they trail 1-0 after losing the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi and drawing the second in Dubai.
The 35-year-old Vettori, who has 360 wickets, played the last of his 112 Tests (one Test for ICC World XI and the rest for New Zealand) in July 2012 and has since been sidelined due to a back injury.
Skipper Brendon McCullum confirmed Vettori will replace Jimmy Neesham in the side.
"Yeah, Dane will play and we are all excited about it," said McCullum on Tuesday. "He will become the most capped Test player for New Zealand and we are going with three spinners."
Vettori will overtake Stephen Fleming who also played 111 Tests for New Zealand.
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq admitted Vettori's inclusion showed New Zealand's aspiration to level the series.
"I think they will do every bit to level the series," said Misbah.
"Every team aspires to win, especially when they are 1-0 down and level the series. Vettori is an experienced campaigner but we have played him before so we know how he bowls,"
Besides Vettori, the toss will also be a key factor as the team winning the toss dictated terms in the first two Tests.
Pakistan piled up 566-3 after winning the toss and then spun out New Zealand twice for a comprehensive win.
Despite the odds, New Zealand staged an impressive comeback in the second Test in Dubai, winning the toss and dictating terms before Pakistan, set a target of 261 on the final day, salvaged a draw to set up an intriguing finale.
Pakistan's spinners -- left armer Zulfiqar Babar (13 wickets in two Tests) and leggie Yasir Shah (11) -- will hold the key.