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Christchurch, Wellington, and Hamilton selected as venues for England Tests

Christchurch, Wellington, and Hamilton selected as venues for England Tests

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has announced the detailed itinerary for the three-match Test series against England, which will kick-start the Black Caps’ home summer later this year.

The opening game of the series will start on November 28 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, before moving to Cello Basin Reserve in Wellington for the second Test starting on December 6. The final game of the series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton from December 14.

New Zealand is also expected to host Sri Lanka and Pakistan later in the summer in men’s cricket, while the White Ferns will be hosting Australia and Sri Lanka.

NZC chief executive Scott Weenink expressed his excitement about the upcoming Test series, especially after the buzz generated by New Zealand’s recent Test series at home against Australia.

“In the past, there’s often been a lot of talk in New Zealand about the popularity of Test cricket – without that translating into ticket sales or viewership numbers,” said Weenink.

England Tests to be held in Christchurch, Wellington, and Hamilton

“The difference over the past summer, and in terms of the upcoming Tests against England, is that the interest is being converted to bums on seats and is driving record viewership numbers.

“We’re looking forward to that continuing over the upcoming summer, and to welcoming the England team and their fans to the Tests, and of course all the Kiwi-based supporters as well.”

The schedule for the Test series is as follows:

  • 1st Test: Thursday, 28 November – Monday, 2 December 2024, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 11:00 am
  • 2nd Test: Friday, 6 – Tuesday, 10 December 2024, Cello Basin Reserve, Wellington, 11:00 am
  • 3rd Test: Saturday, 14 – Wednesday, 18 December 2024, Seddon Park, Hamilton, 11:00 am

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