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02-Jun-2016 05:43:00 GMT
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Eden Park set to Host Day-night Test Against England in 2018

Auckland: Auckland's Eden Park looks set to host New Zealand's first day-night cricket test, against England in 2018.

Auckland and Christchurch's Hagley Oval were awarded the two tests against England as New Zealand Cricket confirmed its schedule for the next two seasons on Friday. It takes in four touring sides in each season and features 98 days of cricket.

NZC chief executive David White was confident resource-consent issues could be solved to allow the country's first day-night test.

South Africa will be the main opponent this summer and will play tests in Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton in March to wrap up New Zealand's busiest home summer with 50 match days.

Australia visit in late January and early February for three Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day internationals which will be played in Auckland, Napier and Hamilton.

Eden Park last hosted a test against India in 2014, with its excellent floodlights and large capacity an obvious drawcard for the big ticket England tour.

Wellington's Basin Reserve, long considered the premier venue in New Zealand, was overlooked for an England test along with Seddon Park which was keen to host the country's first day-night test. Plans to stage a day-night test against South Africa this season have been shelved because of the resource-consent issues.

Meanwhile, NZC expects to receive in the next 48 hours the schedule for the Black Caps' tour of India later this year, with a day-night test likely to be included.

White said India would tour New Zealand over the 2019/20 season.

New Zealand vs Australia

  • Jan 30 first ODI at Eden Park, Auckland
  • Feb 02 second ODI at McLean Park, Napier
  • Feb 05 third ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton

Blackcaps vs South Africa

  • Feb 17 first T20 at Eden Park, Auckland
  • Feb 19 first ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • Feb 22 second ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch
  • Feb 25 third ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
  • March 1 fourth ODI at McLean Park, Napier
  • March 4 fifth ODI at Eden Park, Auckland
  • March 08-12 first test at University of Otago Oval, Dunedin
  • March 16-20 second test at Basin Reserve, Wellington
  • March 25-29 third test at Seddon Park, Hamilton

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