Arthur believes Astle’s inclusion in NZ squad is ‘interesting’

New Zealand's Todd Astle tosses a ball during a cricket practice session in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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Pakistan’s head coach, Mickey Arthur coins the inclusion of Todd Astle as an interesting choice for New Zealand for the series against Pakistan.

Astle, who is a leg-spinner, has replaced the injured slow left-arm bowler, Mitchell Santner. Arthur believes that he is an attacking spinner and his figures are impressive so far.

“It will be interesting to see how Astle goes,” he told “I was actually looking at his numbers and doing a bit of analysis and his numbers seem fairly good, I mean he’s certainly an attacking spinner.”

The South African thinks that if New Zealand do not play four pacers, then Astle will surely feature the line up.

“I guess if New Zealand are not going to play four pacers in Christchurch, then he’s [Astle] definitely playing which is an interesting selection.”

On the other hand, the hosts have left out their experienced opener, Martin Guptill from the test series and have included Jeet Raval in the squad. Moreover, De Grandhomme is also selected as an allrounder along with Jimmy Neesham.

Leaving out Guptill was a big decision as per Arthur, “They [New Zealand’s selectors] seem to have made some fairly big decisions, particularly on Guptill,” he said. “Guptill is a guy who can take it away from you, but his numbers obviously haven’t stacked up. Ultimately though, I’ve got a lot of respect for the selectors and they know exactly what they’re up to.”

Mickey Arthur once again said that the team which will bat well will have an upper hand in the series.

“We’ve got some pretty handy swing and seam bowlers,” he said. “But, 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.”

Pakistan team is currently busy in their three-day side match against New Zealand ‘A’ in Nelson, however, the first day of the game is washed out.

Pakistan will take on New Zealand in the first test match commencing from November, 17 at Christchurch.