Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson is confident his side is on the improve, but admits his team need to quickly adjust to conditions ahead of their Test series opener against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
New Zealand team were swept 3-0 in the T20 series with Pakistan and drew the ODI series 1-1, with the final match abandoned due to rain.
Williamson says the Black Caps will take some lessons from Pakistan's Test series 1-0 win over Australia last month.
"Measure for measure obviously coming into Pakistan's home series, naturally there is a lot of work to do for the overseas side – adapting to the conditions to the best they can," said Williamson.
"But it is a fresh series and obviously they had a successful time against Australia, so it's important that we try and take some of those lessons and play our best cricket."
Williamson has been declared fit to play in the first Test tonight (NZ time) after missing the last ODI match due to a minor groin strain.
The last time the Black Caps played a Test series in the United Arab of Emirates against Pakistan, they drew 1-1 at the end of 2014.
"We had a great series the last time we were here which is quite a long a time ago now, so a lot has changed since then.
"A lot of change in personnel I think both teams have that, so it is important that with a perhaps a more inexperienced side that we come here to learn as much as we can and do that very quickly.
"Because we want to be playing our best cricket over here in these conditions."