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Neil Wagner had to be reminded he'd just bowled 13 overs on the trot in the afternoon heat of Abu Dhabi in a pressure cooker first test finish.
An inspiring victory has the Black Caps in line to win one of the most uninspiring sporting trophies.
The old adage of never changing a winning team will be hotly debated by the Black Caps' hierarchy as they chase a first offshore test series victory over Pakistan in nearly 50 years.
Cricket Australia has dismissed the players' association's appeal to have Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft's bans over their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal lifted.
India may never get a better chance to finally win a test series in Australia and they know it. If the team has a quiet, assured confidence about them as they prepare for their first warm-up, then the parochial press back home are happy to put it in simpler terms.
OPINION: For pure heart-stopping sporting drama this was hard to beat in the countdown of New Zealand test cricket's greatest hits.
Remarkable finish. Remarkable test match. And New Zealand, somehow, got up for one of their best comeback victories in recent memory.
Watching Ajaz Patel calmly twirl through Pakistan's batting lineup, a five-wicket bag and man of the match award in his pocket, you'd think he'd been bowling spin his entire career.
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson has hailed New Zealand's nail-biting four-run win as "one of our best".
New Zealand's dramatic four-run win over Pakistan on Monday night has got onto a number of record lists, including the fifth closest finish in test history.
Indian great VVS Laxman has led the praise on the Black Caps following their thrilling four-run win over Pakistan on Monday night.
Australian fast bowling great Mitchell Johnson has declared the bans on the three players involved in the ball tampering scandal should be upheld but a former teammate has a different take as debate continues to rage on whether the Cricket Australia board should cut the sanctions.
The bowlers won't have enjoyed the four days of toil as New Zealand A drew with India A in Mount Maunganui.
Paul Coles smashed an astonishing double century for Geraldine-Temuka in their South Canterbury second grade cricket match against Timaru on Saturday.
Cricket Australia's plan this week to deliberate on reducing the suspensions handed to three players over their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal threatens to inflame relations with the players' association.
It was Groundhog Day in Abu Dhabi for the Black Caps whose familiar collapse left them staring at a first test loss to Pakistan, clinging to hope that recent history at the stadium might repeat.
Black Caps one-day specialist Colin Munro provided the pyrotechnics in the latest round of the Ford Trophy.