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New Zealand to co-host T20 tri-series

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/12/2016

New Zealand and Australia will host England in a Twenty20 Tri-series next summer.

The three sides will play each other in February 2018 at the completion of the Ashes, meeting twice in a round-robin stage before the final at Eden Park on February 21.

New Zealand will host three round-robin matches, facing England in Wellington and Hamilton, and Australia at Eden Park.

Australia will also host three round-robin matches, one against the Black Caps at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The tri-series will take the place of the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series, with the trans-Tasman trophy to go back on the line the following season.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the initiative was a late addition to next summer's programme, and too good an opportunity to pass up.

"To host matches against both England and Australia is an exciting development for New Zealand cricket fans," he said.

There is a lot of history and a healthy rivalry between the three sides, and we expect the series to be well supported."

White said the future of the Chappell-Hadlee Series remained secure, resuming in 2018-19 in New Zealand before taking a break as scheduled in 2019-20.

It will return the following summer when New Zealand tours Australia, and in 2021-22 when Australia visit New Zealand.

2018 T20 TRI-SERIES

Feb 3 - Australia v New Zealand, Sydney

Feb 7 - Australia v England, Hobart

Feb 10 - Australia v England, Melbourne

Feb 14 - New Zealand v England, Wellington

Feb 16 - New Zealand v Australia, Auckland

Feb 18 - New Zealand v England, Hamilton

Feb 21 - Final, Auckland

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