Green light given for New Zealand to host day-night Test against England

By Adam Ellis

Eden Park will host New Zealand’s maiden day-night Test after the local government granted a request by New Zealand.

Two years after they played in Test cricket’s first ever day-night match in Adelaide, Australia, the Blackcaps will now host their own next March when they welcome England to the North Island.

New Zealand Cricket’s chief operating officer Anthony Crummy expressed his hopes of drawing a big crowd to the match which will start on a Thursday, 22 March.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

England’s first taste of pink ball cricket could not have gone more to plan when they beat West Indies by an innings and 209 runs at Edgbaston.

Kane Williamson’s side have been limited in Test action in 2017 losing a three-match home series 1-0 against South Africa back in May. Leaving the Blackcaps fifth in the ICC Test rankings, while England lie third.

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