Black Caps debutant Will Somerville has spoken about his extraordinary first taste of life as an international cricketer, after helping New Zealand to a 2-1 series victory with a key performance in the 123-run win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Making his debut at the age of 34, off-spinner Somerville took seven wickets across both innings for the Black Caps, as well as two dogged efforts with the bat, sealing a first away series win over Pakistan for since 1969.
Speaking to Blackcaps TV afterwards, Somerville was almost at a loss for words about the events of the past five days.
"I was extremely emotional coming off the field," Somerville said.
"It was nice to contributing with bat and ball, it's just amazing.
"It still feels like a dream, I'm still pinching myself.
"(I'm) incredibly proud to have won for the Black Caps, we're a very happy dressing room obviously."
Having taken the long route to this week's Test level debut, Somerville credited his success to a decade honing his craft in Sydney grade cricket.
"I felt really ready to play, you never expect to do what I did though.
"It's a buzzy feeling when that dream becomes a reality, it's amazing."