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Pakistan to break New Zealand jinx

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

Ahmed insists his team can end an 11-match losing run to when the two sides meet in the first one-day international in on Wednesday.

crushed 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday -- their second whitewash in a week following a romp over Australia, also in and

But Sarfraz, part of the team in the last 11 one-day internationals all of which lost, want to finally win against

"It's important to break that losing streak and we need to bring improvement in our performance in one-day internationals," said on Tuesday.

Pakistan lost the last two matches in a 3-2 series defeat in (UAE) in 2014, before losing 2-0 in 2015, 2-0 in 2016 and 5-0 in January 2018 -- all in New Zealand.

"If you look at our losses most of them were in New Zealand where conditions were different and we lost due to top order failure where we need to improve," said

Pakistan also failed to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup held in UAE two months ago, losing both their matches against arch-rivals and going down to in a clash which decided the finalist.

won the Asia Cup by beating

Sarfraz said a tough opponent in New Zealand - ranked third to Pakistan's fifth in one-day standings -- will help the team build for next year's in England.

"New Zealand is a good team of this format but we have momentum of the Twenty20 series so we must win this series and that will help towards building towards the World Cup," said Sarfraz.

The last two matches are in (Friday) and in (Sunday). Pakistan then play in South Africa, (in UAE) and England in England -- five one-day internationals each -- before

New Zealand skipper played down the winning streak against Pakistan, saying it will be a new series.

"It's a new series and a fresh start," said Williamson. "I guess it's a nice statistic to have but at the end of the day, come tomorrow, its a new series." Williamson praised Pakistan as a limited over side.

"They are always a strong side and no matter the format," said Williamson. "They have a lot of depth. We simply know they have been here for some time and they know these conditions and they have had lots of success.

"We are in here for a tough battle."

New Zealand will welcome pace spearhead who missed the Twenty20 series due to personal reasons while also adding batsman and spinner (as a cover for injured Todd Astle) in the squad.

Teams (from):

New Zealand: (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling,

Pakistan: (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari Umpires: (WIS) and Shozab Raza (PAK) Tv umpire: Nigel LIong (ENG) Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND).

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 21:30 IST