New Zealand, Australia revive Chappell-Hadlee ODIs

Wellington: Australia will play two tests and three one-day internationals on its tour to New Zealand in February, sacrificing an additional test to revive the one-day international series for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

The tests will be played at Wellington's Basin Reserve from Feb. 12 to 16 and at Christchurch's Hagley Oval from Feb. 20 to 24.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum. Pic/ AFP

A third test was planned but New Zealand Cricket confirmed Thursday that a three-match one-day series will be played instead -- the first series for the Chapell-Hadlee Trophy since 2010. The matches will be played at Auckland on Feb. 3, Wellington on Feb. 6 and Hamilton on Feb. 8.

Australia and New Zealand will meet in eight Chappell-Hadlee series over the next seven years. New Zealand will also host tours by Sri Lanka in December and Pakistan in January.

The Sri Lanka series will include a Boxing Day one-day international at Hagley Oval on Dec. 26, while Pakistan will play a one-day match at the Basin Reserve on Jan. 25 -- the first ODI at the Wellington venue in 10 years. One-day internationals in Wellington have recently been played at the larger Wellington Regional Stadium.

The Australian test at the Basin Reserve will likely see New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum play a world-record 100th consecutive test since debut, unless injury intervenes. In total, New Zealand will play four tests, 11 ODIs and five T20 internationals during the domestic summer.

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