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. 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.