New Zealand has heralded an action-packed summer of international cricket, headlined by the return of South Africa and a trans-Tasman series with Australia, both as part of the new ICC World Test Championship cycle.
South Africa and New Zealand played a two Test series in 2022, when Proteas came from behind to equalize proceedings 1-1. New Zealand claimed an innings victory in the first Test thanks in no small part to the display of Matt Henry, although the tourists responded with a 198-run victory.
The hosts welcome the South Africans again on February 4 at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, ahead of the second Test match at Seddon Park in Hamilton. New Zealand are yet to win a test series against South Africa, either at home or away.
The Black Caps will then host Australia in Wellington and Christchurch at the WTC from February 29.
The New Zealand men have also clinched the ODI and T20I series against Bangladesh in December, Pakistan in a five-match T20I series in January and Australia in three T20Is, two of which will be played at Eden Park in preparation for their ICC. Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 campaign.
On the women’s side, New Zealand will host Pakistan in the T20I and ODI series, as well as England in five T20I and three ODI series against England, with dates of those tours to be confirmed.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White says the excellent schedule is a great opportunity to boost the popularity of the game in the country.
“It’s a very exciting time for cricket in New Zealand, both in terms of the great series and teams on offer this summer, and the ability for fans to attend the matches first hand or watch them live on television. free of charge,” he said. saying.
“We’ve been able to schedule several back-to-back day and night matches to ensure good opportunities for both families and adults respectively, which we think is good for the game.”
New Zealand v South Africa
First Test: February 4-8, Bay Oval Tauranga
Second Test: February 13-17, Seddon Park, Hamilton
New Zealand v Australia
First Test – February 29 – March 4, The Basin, Wellington
Second Test: March 8-12, Hagley Oval, Christchurch