3 Jun 2014

Test match cricket back in Christchurch

6:43 pm on 3 June 2014

Christchurch will host its first cricket Test in eight years after New Zealand Cricket confirmed Hagley Oval will be the venue for this year's Boxing Day Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

The two sides played the last Test in the city at Jade Stadium in 2006, while the Boxing Day Test will be the first in the country for 11 years.

New Zealand Cricket's head of cricket Lyndsay Crocker says the pitch will provide good pace and bounce.

Hagley Oval will also host a one-dayer against Sri Lanka. The ground will also host the opening match of the World Cup.

The home international season starts in October with three one dayers against South Africa, two of them at the new venue of Bay Oval in Tauranga.

In December and January, Sri Lanka play two Tests and seven one-dayers and Pakistan play two one-dayers.

South Africa

1st ANZ ODI Tuesday 21 October, Bay Oval, Tauranga - Day

2nd ANZ ODI Friday 24 October, Bay Oval, Tauranga - Day

3rd ANZ ODI Monday 27 October, Seddon Park, Hamilton - D/N

Sri Lanka

1st ANZ Test 26 - 30 December, Hagley Oval, Christchurch - 1100

2nd ANZ Test 3 - 7 January, Hawkins Basin Reserve, Wellington - 1100

1st ANZ ODI Sunday 11 January, Hagley Oval, Christchurch - Day

2nd ANZ ODI Thursday 15 January, Seddon Park, Hamilton - D/N

3rd ANZ ODI Saturday 17 January, Eden Park, Auckland - D/N

4th ANZ ODI Tuesday 20 January, Saxton Oval, Nelson - Day

5th ANZ ODI Friday 23 January, University Oval, Dunedin - Day

6th ANZ ODI Sunday 25 January, University Oval, Dunedin - Day

7th ANZ ODI Wednesday 29 January, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - D/N


1st ANZ ODI Saturday 31 January, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - D/N

2nd ANZ ODI Tuesday 3 February, McLean Park, Napier - D/N