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Kiwis to replace Boxing Day Test with ODI

Published: Friday, July 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Wellington :New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Friday that it was revamping its international season at home and would scrap the Wellington Boxing Day Test that was started in 1998.

NZC chief executive Martin Snedden said the new schedule was designed to improve the quality of Test match conditions while bringing the excitement of One-day cricket to a greater number of New Zealanders during the holiday period.

A Sri Lanka series of five One-day Internationals (ODI) will begin on Boxing Day with a One-day match at Auckland.

"Under the previous format, the only cricket played during the holiday period was the Boxing Day Test in Wellington."

Snedden said the new format would allow Test cricket to be played at a time when weather was likely to be more settled.

Australia's tour will begin with the first 20-over match between two International Cricket Council full member nations under lights at Auckland's Eden Park on February 17, followed by a five-match ODI series and a three match Test series.

Schedule:

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2004-05

December 21 Vs Central Districts, New Plymouth

December 23 Vs Northern Districts, Hamilton

December 26 1st ODI, Auckland

December 29 2nd ODI, Napier

January 2 3rd ODI, Queenstown

Januray 4 4th ODI, Christchurch

Januray 8 5th ODI, Wellington

Januray 10-12 Vs Auckland, Auckland

Januray 15-19 First Test, Hamilton

Januray 22-26 Second Test Wellington.

Australia tour of New Zealand 2005:

February 17 Twenty20 international

February 19 1st ODI, Wellington

February 22 2nd ODI, Christchurch

February 26 3rd ODI, Auckland

March 2 4th ODI, Hamilton

March 5 5th ODI, Napier

March10-14 First Test, Christchurch

March 18-22 Second Test, Wellington

March 26-30 Third Test, Auckland.

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