Hagley Oval gets 25 days of international cricket over next two summers
Canterbury Cricket boss Lee Germon is trumpeting a test match against England at Christchurch's Hagley Oval in 2018 as the "cream on the cake" for the boutique ground.
Hagley was the big winner at Friday's New Zealand Cricket home schedule announcement, hosting 25 days of international cricket over the next two summers.
Auckland's Eden Park will host the first test against the English in 2018, before they head to Christchurch for the second and decisive test.
Christchurch will also stage the fifth and final ODI against England.
The England cricket side are always well supported by their travelling Barmy Army fans, who will no doubt pack out Hagley's grass banks.
Speaking from England, where he is on a 10-day county cricket visit, Germon lauded the news and said it reaffirmed Hagley's status as one of the leading test grounds in the country.
"Hosting an English test match is fantastic for cricket, but also for our city. We know what England bring with them. We know the supporters they bring.
"Christchurch is very much an English city, as well, with a lot of English people here. It will bring a lot to our city at that time."
To be selected over the likes of Hamilton's Seddon Park and Wellington's Basin Reserve was a coup for the ground, he said.
"The cream on the cake is a test and an ODI against England in a couple of seasons time," Germon said.
"We're certainly one of the premier venues and our goal is to be the premier test venue in the country. I think we're making really good progress towards that."
Hagley hosted two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka this past summer and a test match against Australia, which was former Black Caps' skipper Brendon McCullum's last match for his country.
Germon said New Zealand Cricket (NZC) were delighted with the crowds and they had also received positive feedback from the players about the pitch and quality of the facilities and training amenities.
"They want to play at the ground. We're starting to get a compelling picture to include Hagley as a tier one venue."
Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa will all feature at Hagley this summer.
New Zealand will open the season there against test No 3 Pakistan over November 17-21.
Bangladesh take on the Black Caps in an ODI in Christchurch on Boxing Day [December 26] and in the second test over January 20-24.
The highlight of the summer at Hagley will be a ODI against South Africa on February 22, the second in the five-match series.
Over the 2017-18 season, the West Indies feature heavily in Christchurch.
The West Indies will play a test match at Hagley, as well as two consecutive ODIs.
Eden Park looks poised to host New Zealand's first day-night cricket test against England in 2018.
NZC chief executive David White was confident resource-consent issues could be solved to allow the country's first day-night test.
AT A GLANCE:
New Zealand matches at Hagley Oval:
First test v Pakistan: 17-21 November 2016
First ODI v Bangladesh: 26 December 2016
Second test v Bangladesh: 20-24 January 2017
Second ODI v South Africa: 22 February 2017
First test v West Indies
Second ODI v West Indies
Third ODI v West Indies
5th ODI v England
Second test v England