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Test cricket is set to return to Christchurch as the city will host the Boxing Day Test for the first time in 11 years and its first major game since the devastating earthquake in 2011.
Christchurch, which has not hosted a Test match since 2006-07, will play host to the historic Test match, which will feature New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) also revealed that two of the three ODIs that New Zealand play against South Africa in October will be held at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, which will be making its international debut.
“Bringing international cricket back to Christchurch was always a priority for NZC,” NZC head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said. “And we feel the Boxing Day Test was a good way to celebrate what will be a very special landmark.
“While our inclination is to play short-form cricket in the holiday period, on this occasion our preference is to play the Tests early so that we can maximise ODI opportunities ahead of the World Cup.
“The original agreement with Sri Lanka provided for a five-match ODI series and two T20s – but by mutual agreement, again with the World Cup in mind, we chose to play seven ODIs. Three very competitive opponents, the chance to play at all our World Cup venues, and to take the team around the country – we think this offers a good lead-in to the World Cup, while still maintaining our commitment to Test cricket.”