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New Zealand confirm day-night Test against England next year

New Zealand is set to host first ever day-night Test in the country
New Zealand is set to host first ever day-night Test in the country

New Zealand is set to host its first ever day-night Test in the country after the Auckland City Council approved the use of light for the upcoming Test series against England to be played in March next year.

The Eden Park owners had to get the approval from the council because of the limitations on the number of events held at night that requires floodlight to be used.

The first of the two match series will be played with the pink ball and has been scheduled to be played between 22nd and 26th March while the final Test will be played in Christchurch between 30th March and 3rd April.

New Zealand Cricket Chief Operating Officer Anthony Crummy believes day-night fixtures will help the game reach more people.

“NZC has a particular focus on improving access to cricket for everyone,” he said.

”Being able to stage the test as a day-nighter is a significant step in the right direction.

“This means we can promote cricket in its most modern and vibrant incarnation; we can improve accessibility for new audiences, and we can showcase Eden Park, Auckland and New Zealand to a truly global audience.”

New Zealand were part of the first-ever day-night Test that was played in November 2015 against Australia in Adelaide and were set to host South Africa in a pink ball Test at Seddon Park earlier this year but the lighting at the venue did not prove effective.

"This a very important outcome for test cricket lovers in New Zealand simply because it allows us the opportunity to play the game at a time when more people can engage with it," Crummy added.

"We're sure it will be a very successful event, and that English and New Zealand fans alike will make the most of the opportunity."

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