New Zealand plan to host first ever day-night test against England

New Zealand will host their first day-night test when England tour the country in early 2018, pending final approval from both teams.

The twilight match will be played at Auckland's Eden Park, which has not hosted a test since a game with India in 2014. No dates have been confirmed but the tour is likely to fall in a window during February-March.

New Zealand could host a day-night test in 2018. Reuters

New Zealand could host a day-night test in 2018. Reuters

"While we can't confirm it yet, it's something we're extremely interested in and working towards," New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said in a media release on Friday.

New Zealand, who played the inaugural day-night test against Australia last year in Adelaide, had hoped to play their first at home early next year against South Africa but the idea was abandoned due to logistical problems.

South Africa's board are also mulling a pink ball test with Australia in Adelaide later this year but the Proteas' players have expressed their reticence.

New Zealand also confirmed three one-day internationals against world champions Australia from 30 January -5 February. next year.

Bangladesh will tour for three ODIs, three Twenty20 matches and two tests from 26 December -24 January.

The limited overs matches, like last year's series against Sri Lanka, will be held over the Christmas-New Year holidays.

South Africa begin their tour with a T20 international at Eden Park, where they were beaten by New Zealand in the semi-final of last year's World Cup, before they play five ODIs and three tests.

New Zealand will also host a full tour by the West Indies in 2017, limited overs series against Pakistan and three ODIs against Australia before the England tour.

New Zealand's 2016/2017 schedule:

17-21 November v Pakistan, 1st test, Christchurch

25-29 November v Pakistan, 2nd test, Hamilton

26 December v Bangladesh, 1st ODI Christchurch

29 December v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Nelson

31 December v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Nelson

3 January v Bangladesh, 1st T20, Napier

6 January v Bangladesh, 2nd T20, Mt. Maunganui

8 January v Bangladesh, 3rd T20, Mt. Maunganui

12-16 January  v Bangladesh, 1st test, Wellington

20-24 January  v Bangladesh, 2nd test, Christchurch

30 January v Australia, 1st ODI, Auckland

2 February v Australia, 2nd ODI, Napier

5 February v Australia, 3rd ODI, Hamilton

17 February v South Africa, 1st T20, Auckland

19 February v South Africa, 1st ODI, Hamilton

22 February v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Christchurch

25 February v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Wellington

1 March v South Africa, 4th ODI, Napier

4 March v South Africa, 5th ODI, Auckland

8-12 March v South Africa, 1st test, Dunedin

16-20 March v South Africa, 2nd test, Wellington

25-29 March v South Africa, 3rd test, Hamilton


Published Date: May 27, 2016 10:17 am | Updated Date: May 27, 2016 10:17 am


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