For the first time since 2016, New Zealand will host Australia in Test matches

For the first time since 2016, New Zealand will host Australia in Test matches during a hectic home summer calendar in 2023–24. The two matches will take place in Wellington’s Basin Reserve and Christchurch’s Hagley Oval in February and March. In the same month, the New Zealand men’s squad will host South Africa for two Test matches at Hamilton’s Seddon Park and Tauranga’s Bay Oval. This will be New Zealand’s most recent effort to defeat a team they have never defeated in this format, either at home or away.

The men’s team’s domestic summer begins on December 17 with an ODI and T20I series against Bangladesh. From January 12 to 21, they will then play five T20Is against Pakistan, further stepping up their T20 World Cup preparation. The locations for the Bangladesh matches are Dunedin, Nelson, Napier, and Tauranga; in contrast, the locations for the Pakistan matches are Auckland, Hamilton, Dunedin, and Christchurch.

32 international matches are scheduled during New Zealand’s home summer, with the first three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against Pakistan taking place in Dunedin on December 3. Following this, there will be numerous ODIs that are a part of the ICC Women’s Championship up until December 18. Their next home game won’t be until March 19, when they welcome England for five T20Is and three ODIs in Dunedin, Nelson, Wellington, and Hamilton. The summer of 2018 will feature some outstanding teams and series, and fans will have the option of attending the games in person or watching them live on TV for free, according to NZC chief executive David White.

No fewer than 10 double-headers were included in the calendar that New Zealand Cricket came up with, fulfilling the dual needs of attracting new audiences and improving the schedule’s effectiveness in light of climate change awareness.

To guarantee that there are strong possibilities for both family and adult fans, respectively, we have been able to plan a number of back-to-back night matches and day matches at stadiums with lights, which we believe is good for the game. Given the issues we are currently facing from climate change, it’s a policy that also supports our desire to focus on energy efficiency – and to just do the right thing as a sporting organization,” White added.

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