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  • 26 Jul
    Match factsNovember 25-29, 2016 Start time 1100 local (2200 GMT)Big PictureWhile tawny Asian pitches can still prompt outrage and consternation, tracks coloured a lurid, nausea-inducing green have quietly become a New Zealand trademark. The response from most touring sides has been perfectly even-handed. These are their home conditions, is the consensus. We just have to play on what we get.On the eve of the Test, Hamiltons track has as much grass as the pitch did in Christchurch, and as the air is warmer up north, the ball may swing more here, as well as seam. Word around the ground is that the toss may also prove significant; teams that have won it in the last four Tests have inserted the opposition. They have always wound up victorious.It is the batting that gave Pakistan most cause for concern in Christchurch and, as can often be the case with batsmen in unfamiliar conditions, they veered between extreme approaches - too loose in the first innings, too tight in the second. Now they are preaching the get runs, before the good ball gets you philosophy that has recently found credence on tough tracks. They will also want to take the game deep - it is legspinner Yasir Shah who has most consistently wrenched matches open for them, and it is the quality of his spin that marks the visitors clearest advantage over New Zealand.The hosts are without Trent Boult for the first time in over three years, but have the firepower of Matt Henry sliding in to replace him. With a win behind them, and a damp surface underfoot again, banished is talk of the dusty whitewash in India, even if the batsmen havent all reclaimed their form just yet.They remain wary of Pakistans propensity to work out foreign conditions, and hit back after losses, but will be happier with the forecast than the visitors. Rain is expected on the first day, and may continue, in patches, all through the weekend. Less sunshine, means less evaporation, means less turn off the pitch for Yasir.Form guide(last five completed matches, most recent first)? New Zealand: WLLLLPakistan: LLWWWIn the spotlightTim Macintosh, Jamie How, Peter Ingram, Martin Guptill, Hamish Rutherford, Michael Papps, Craig Cumming - just pick any Anglo-Saxon first name and there will have been a modest New Zealand opener that answered to it, over the last ten years. The latest man to take guard is Gujarat-born Jeet Raval. Stylish and composed in his debut outing, and emerging with the highest match aggregate on a difficult pitch, Raval knows Pakistan will have better plans for him in this Test. If he is effective again in Hamilton, he will raise hopes that he can break the great New Zealand openers curse. With long-term collaborator Misbah-ul-Haq now out of the picture, the middle-order batting/recovery responsibilities fall heavily on the shoulders of Younis Khan. There are mild whispers he is no longer his old self on sporting pitches, but surely this is premature; the man has scores of 218 and 127 and 51 in his last seven innings. Nevertheless, such is life in international sport when you reach a certain age. Pakistan will look to him for leadership in this match. After three consecutive single-figure scores, Younis will want a big score more than anyone.Teams newsIn addition to Henry, Mitchell Santner appears likely to play - displacing Todd Astle. The top order will likely remain unchanged after Ross Taylor was cleared to play.New Zealand (probable) 1. Jeet Raval, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt.), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Matt HenryOn a spicy surface, Pakistan have hinted they prefer Mohammad Rizwan over Sharjeel Khan. As a bonus, Rizwan can also fit into the middle order without causing changes elsewhere. Rahat Ali took 4 for 62 in the first innings at Christchurch, but looks likeliest to miss out if Wahab Riaz enters the fray.Pakistan (probable) 1 Sami Aslam, 2 Azhar Ali (capt.), 3 Babar Azam, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Mohammad Rizwan, 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Yasir Shah, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Sohail KhanPitch and conditionsGreen and damp on this occasion, Hamilton has seen bounce, turn, reverse swing and conventional swing, at different points over the past few years, so it is difficult to know what to expect. Unless rain washes out several sessions, a result appears likely, though.Stats and triviaUntil this match, Trent Boult had not missed a New Zealand Test since early 2012 - he had played in 44 on the trot.New Zealand have lost three of their last five Tests at Seddon Park - they beat West Indies and Sri Lanka, and lost to Australia, Pakistan and South AfricaMohammad Amirs 3 for 43 in the first innings at Hagley Oval was his best analysis since his return from suspension.Pakistan have not lost a series since August 2014, when they were defeated 0-2 in Sri Lanka?QuotesI think it will swing more in Hamilton than in Christchurch, with the humidity.New Zealand batsman Ross TaylorYounis has gone through a lot of times in his career like this - when he hasnt scored runs in the first match, but he always bounces back.Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq Vlade Divac Jersey . -- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was selected Monday to his second straight Pro Bowl, while guard Kyle Long made it after a solid rookie season. 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The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. Last year, a group of 12 Elsas on the softball diamond went viral with an incredible photo. This year, its the Thunderburg, and theyre the champion all-star team thats behind the photo that Redditers and internet commenters are calling A Little League of Their Own.Theyre a group of 7- and 8-year-old softball players for Edwardsburg (Michigan) Little League in a machine-pitched league. They went undefeated and won their district championship 13-3. And in addition to earning trophies and some post-championship ice cream, they have the best team photo imaginable.The girls, they are strong, fierce little females, says Katie Huff, one of the team moms and the photographer of the viral shot. They field the ball great, every single girl can hit the ball with so much power, they have so much enthusiasm, they have so much support for one another.Huff channeled her love for the movie A League of Their Own, and it shows. But more than the old-school feel, everything about the photo is fantastic.The dresses? Huff coordinated it with each parent and made sure their daughters wore a dress they were comfortable in.The fiery socks? Those are what the Thunderburg wore with their uniforms.The eye black? Its part of the unifoorm.dddddddddddd Part of an intimidation factor, I think, for your opponent, Huff says. If you played them, you know theyre serious and down and ready and want to win.The girl blowing the bubble? Huff actually has a couple of photos with the bubble popped.Theyre sassy little girls but theyre so sweethearted and tough little chicks, Huff says. So what better way to display it when you can combine sports and attitude and girliness all in one?Huffs daughter, Morgan, is front and center, holding a softball out in her left hand while balancing a bat against her right shoulder. The parents loved it, and so did the girls.You could just see a little spark with them, Huff says.?The girls are third- and fourth-graders, and most of them will be moving onto the minors next season, where they will face live pitching for the first time instead of a machine that fires pitches between 38 and 40 mph.Some of the girls have asked what a lot of other people thought about the photo, Huff says, and we tell them they think its awesome that theres empowerment and it should be something to be proud of. ' ' '