New Zealand to host South Africa in January 2020

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New Zealand cricket announced a home series against South Africa which that will take place before the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in February.

The series will have three ODIs and five T20I-the first of which will be the second half of a WHITE FERNS/BLACKCAPS double-header at Bay Oval.

First and second ODI will take place at Eden Park Oval on 25th and 27th January and the final ODI will be played on 30th January at Seddon Park. The ODIs will be part of the ICC Women's Championship.

New Zealand and South Africa will make most of the five-match T20I series as a preparation for the Women's T20 World Cup. First T20I will be played at Bay Oval on 2nd February. Seddon Park will host the second T20I on 6th February. The teams then will move to Basin Reserve for third and fourth T20I on 9th and 10th February. The fifth and final T20I will be played on 13th February at University of Otago Oval.

NZC chief executive David White said that, outside the two World Cups New Zealand has jointly hosted, he couldn’t recall a more significant or substantial home international programme.

“We’re simply delighted with the way it’s all fitted together,” he said.

“It speaks volumes of the regard in which the BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS are held that we can attract such a wealth of talent over the course of one summer.

New Zealand are currently 6th in the ICC Women's Championship standings with 14 points from 15 matches while their guests South Africa are 4th with 16 points in 15 matches. Both the teams having just 6 matches left to play, this three match ODI series will be crucial for South Africa to secure an automatic berth for the ICC Women's World Cup. New Zealand have already qualified as the hosts.