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Nicholls wary of Seddon spin threat

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/11/2016

Henry Nicholls © Getty Images Henry Nicholls Black Caps batsman Henry Nicholls is expecting Pakistan to put up a much better fight when the second Test gets under way in Hamilton on Friday.

The world's second best Test nation failed to fire in Christchurch where they were defeated by eight wickets in less than three days.

However, they're expected to be more dangerous on the Seddon Park pitch that traditionally has been spin friendly.

"Yasir (Shah) is obviously one of the best spinners in the world so they'll be expecting him to bowl a few overs and be threatening," Nicholls said.

"I think you saw in the second innings at Hagley there was a bit more turn for him so he's a real danger."

Pakistan must also recover from the sudden departure of their captain Misbah-ul-Haq who has flown home after the death of his father-in-law.

"He'll obviously be a loss for them but I'm sure they've got a deep squad, and they're the number two Test side in the world for a reason.

"They'll be missing him a little bit but whoever comes in will do a good job I'm sure," Nicholls said.

The Canterbury batsman may have to make the step up to number four in the batting order should Ross Taylor be ruled out of the Test with an eye injury but is ready for the challenge.

"I haven't spoken with Mike Hesson about that but if that's what's needed for the team I'm more than happy to do it," Nicholls said.

But for now the Blacks Caps are just focused on winning the series having suffered back to back defeats in South Africa and India.

"Our focus moving into this Test is putting in another good performance and playing what's in front of us.

"We're expecting them to be at the top of their game and we will be looking to improve as well," Nicholls said.

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