Hagley Oval to host Boxing Day test
Christchurch will host the Boxing Day cricket test this summer and the city's first One Day International match since early 2011.
New Zealand Cricket today announced its summer itinerary with the inclusion of Hagley Oval a major boost for the city starved of international cricket since the 2011 earthquake.
The Black Caps will host Sri Lanka in two tests and seven ODIs.
The first test, starting on December 26, will be played at Hagley Oval as will the opening ODI, on January 11. Wellington's Basin Reserve will host the second test.
Sri Lanka, who play New Zealand in the opening match of the World Cup at Hagley Park on February 14, play a ODI at Nelson's Saxton Oval and two at Dunedin's University Oval - a coup for the South Island.
South Africa and Pakistan will also visit New Zealand this summer, both playing short ODI series against New Zealand as a buildup to next year's World Cup.Neither team will play in the South Island.
New Zealand Cricket's home summer
ODI Oct 21, Bay Oval, Tauranga - Day
2nd ODI Oct 24, Bay Oval, Tauranga - Day
3rd ODI Oct 27, Seddon Park, Hamilton - D/N
1st Test December 26-30, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
2nd Test January 3-7, Basin Reserve, Wellington
1st ODI Jan 11, Hagley Oval, Christchurch - Day
2nd ODI Jan 15, Seddon Park, Hamilton - D/N
3rd ODI Jan 17 , Eden Park, Auckland - D/N
4th ODI Jan 20, Saxton Oval, Nelson - Day
5th ODI Jan 23, University Oval, Dunedin - Day
6th ODI Jan 25, University Oval, Dunedin - Day
7th ODI Jan 29, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - D/N
1st ODI Jan 31, Westpac Stadium, Wellington - D/N
2nd ODI Feb 3, McLean Park, Napier - D/N