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Daniel Vettori headed for surprise Test return against Pakistan

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Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori looks set for a surprise Test match returns after being selected in the Black Caps squad for the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.

The left-arm spinner, claimant of 360 Test wickets at an average of 34, has not represented his country in the five-day format since July 2012, when New Zealand toured the West Indies, and has not played first-class cricket since December last year.

Struggle

New Zealand, who have so far struggled on their tour to the UAE, will hope Vettori can bolster the spin department more ably than Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig - the pairing have a combined bowling average of over 90 so far in the series, taking just eight wickets between them. All three are likely to be selected with New Zealand looking to exploit what should be a pitch conducive to spin.

Vettori has also proven a useful asset with the bat over the years, accumulating over 4,500 Test runs at an average of 30, as well as six hundreds. He is also one of only eight men to have scored over 3,000 runs and taken over 300 wickets in Test cricket.

Experience

A veteran of 112 five-day matches, his experience may prove invaluable as New Zealand look to salvage a draw from the series.

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The former skipper who accepted just two months ago that his Test career may be over, has spent much of the past couple of years sidelined suffering with back injury. 

New Zealand are currently trailing 1-0 with the final match of the series beginning on November 26. Pakistan, meanwhile, have enjoyed victory in three of their last four Test matches. 

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