Taylor recognises risk of playing with eye condition

The 32-year-old was cleared to play the match at Seddon Park despite an eye condition

I prepared to play, even before I saw the specialists.

"When you play and miss your first couple of balls after seeing an optometrist, there's some interesting things that go through your mind", he said.

The 32-year-old was cleared to play the match at Seddon Park, which starts on Friday, but has been told he would need surgery next week to remove a growth, or pterygium, on his left eye that has affected his vision.

The visitors will be without Test captain Misbah, who will miss the game after returned home following the death of his father-in-law, and was later handed a one-match ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for slow over-rate during in Christchurch Test.

"I have very big boots to fill as Misbah is an inspirational captain but this is my first Test as skipper and I want to make it memorable for myself and the country", Azhar said. Eyes are pretty important. "Hopefully I can come back and get back to the form I was in a few years ago". "I can't say I'm looking forward to the operation, given what it entails, but I'm sure I'll get over it", Taylor was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

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"The surgery involves cutting your eye, and cutting the growth", he said. Little surprise then, that a batting approach gaining credence in Sri Lanka (13 Tests without a draw) may come to be here as well: "get runs before the good ball gets you".

"With any operation there's always a chance that things don't go as well as possible". Pakistan compiled meagre totals in both innings of the first Test against New Zealand in Christchurch to hurtle to an eight-wicket defeat. The surgeon I talked to last night was pretty confident that the recovery time is as we had said.

He concluded: "There's been a mindset change in the team".

The last time Pakistan toured New Zealand to partake in a Test series in 2011, Shafiq composed a vital innings of 83 in Hamilton to propel the visitors to a 10-wicket victory. Teams (from): New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Dean Brownlie, Doug Bracewell.