Henry hopes New Zealand can avoid whitewash against world No. 1 Pakistan

Henry hopes New Zealand can avoid whitewash against world No. 1 Pakistan

New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry has expressed his hopes that the Kiwis can avoid a whitewash in their upcoming cricket series against world No. 1 Pakistan. The series, which includes three T20Is and two Tests, is set to begin on September 17th.

Speaking to reporters, Henry acknowledged the challenge of facing Pakistan on their home turf, but expressed confidence in his team’s abilities. “Pakistan are a very strong team, especially in their home conditions. But we’re not here to make up the numbers, we’re here to win games,” he said.

New Zealand are currently ranked No. 3 in the T20I rankings and No. 2 in Tests, but will face a tough test against a Pakistan side that has won their last five T20I series and are unbeaten in their last eight Test series at home.

Henry, who has 69 wickets in 49 T20Is and 30 wickets in 13 Tests for New Zealand, will be a key member of the Kiwi bowling attack in the series. He highlighted the importance of taking early wickets against Pakistan’s strong batting lineup.

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“We know how dangerous their batsmen can be, so it’s important for us to try and take early wickets and put pressure on them,” Henry said. “But at the same time, we need to execute our plans well and make sure we’re not giving away easy runs.

New Zealand will also be without several key players for the series, including captain Kane Williamson and paceman Trent Boult, who have been rested. However, Henry said the team had a strong squad and was ready for the challenge.

“We’ve got a good mix of experienced players and some young guys who are eager to make an impact. It’s going to be a tough series, but we’re up for it,” he said.

The first T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played in Lahore on September 17th, with the second and third matches scheduled for September 19th and 21st respectively. The two Tests will be played in Rawalpindi and Karachi from September 25th to October 7th.

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