Speaking to local media in Nelson, where rain washed away the first day of the warm-up match against New Zealand ‘A’, Mickey Arthur was all praise for both sides’ bowling attack.
“Pakistan and New Zealand both have an impressive bowling attack,” he said. “Pakistan’s seam bowlers can trouble the Kiwi batsmen,” he added.
Mickey Arthur stated that the preparation of a supporting wicket for the first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Hagley Oval, Christchurch was not surprising.
“It’s generally a fairly good wicket there and if anything, it’ll swing and seam a little bit,” Arthur said.
“We’ve got some pretty handy swing and seam bowlers as well. I still think it’s going to be top seven versus top seven really because both sides possess really good bowling attacks in all departments, seam swing, pace and spin,” Stuff.co.nz quoted him as saying.
Arthur said he would not take the upcoming two-match Test series lightly and warned that it could prove difficult for the batsmen.
“The Test matches could prove to be troubling for the batsmen in particular,” he said.
Pakistan play their first Test match against New Zealand on November 17 at The Hagley Oval in Christchurch and the second on November 25 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.