A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Cricket returns to Auckland after seven years

Eden Park last hosted a Test match back in 2006

Auckland’s Eden Park will host its first Test match after a seven year drought when England come to play New Zealand early next year.

New Zealand Cricket released the tour information, which consists of three Tests, which will be held in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland, along with three ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.

Eden Park last hosted a Test match back in March 2006 when New Zealand defeated the West Indies, but the ground has been used for a numerous number of limited overs games over the years.

New Zealand chief executive David White, noted that a Test match between England and New Zealand at Auckland seemed to be a good fit, and Dunedin was a logical choice since Christchurch’s cricket ground was damaged after last year’s devastating earthquake.

“Auckland hasn’t hosted a Test match since 2006 and we felt the England tour presented a good opportunity allocate a match to our largest city, an inbound England tour brings in a large number of supporters who create a wonderful atmosphere and we are sure the people of Auckland will turn out in force to see two quality teams in what promises to be a fantastic occasion,” White said.

White, also liked the choice of Dunedin since England last played a Test on that ground in 1966.

“We felt it was important to schedule an international match in the South Island and a Test match at University Oval was the logical choice. It was 1966 when the England team last played a Test match in Dunedin so I’m sure the locals will get behind the event. Unfortunately we were again unable to schedule a match in Canterbury due to the lack of a suitable venue for international cricket,” White added.

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