New Zealand to host Australia in limited-overs series starting March end
New Zealand will host T20 world champions Australia in three ODIs and three T20Is starting from March 28, the board announced on Thursday (January 14) in a statement. Prior to that, New Zealand will be hosting England for a similar fixture.
Australia will arrive in the country somewhere in mid-March and will undergo mandatory isolation ahead of three T20Is which will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton and three ODIs at Mt Maunganui’s Bay Oval.
“We’re very grateful to the New Zealand government for supporting and enabling these women’s tours and for creating an environment in which they can proceed,” NZC chief executive David White said.
“It’s great that New Zealand and the world will be able to see these two terrific women’s sides – Australia and England, in action against New Zealand, and women’s cricket receiving the attention it deserves.
“And with the ICC Women’s World Cup to be hosted in New Zealand next summer, it’s particularly important that teams are able to play and compete and develop their games ahead of such a significant tournament.”
The last time these two sides met was in September last year where Australia whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 in ODIs while also winning the T20I series 2-1. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity that we are getting. With these two high-class opponents coming to us and the 50-over World Cup next year, I think it’s brilliant preparation for us. Huge amount of credit goes to New Zealand cricket,” New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine said.
March 28 – 1st ODI – Hamilton
March 30 – 2nd ODI – Hamilton
April 1 – 3rd ODI – Hamilton
April 4 – 1st T20I – Tauranga
April 7 – 2nd T20I – Tauranga
April 10 – 3rd T20I – Tauranga