A truly picturesque ground, nestled beneath two mountains, the Basin Reserve is New Zealand's largest true cricket ground. The multitude of grass banks and hills make for a relaxed, family atmosphere. Complete with white picket fences, it had a traditional of hosting the Boxing Day test match up until season 2004-5. It opened in 1868 and held its first test in 1929.
The Wicket:Generally a flat wicket and becomes excellent to bat on day two onwards. The pitch has traditionally been of good quality and provides big run scoring potential, with many high scores in the past. With the usual overhead wind, it has generally favoured the swing bowlers. Danny Morrison, Simon Doull and Shoaib Akhtar have been productive in the past on this wicket.
The Outfield:The boundaries are generally the same size, of smallish proportions. Providing the weather is fine, it is a good fast outfield.