Bay Oval New Year’s Day test v Bangladesh to open Black Caps home summer


Kane Williamson’s Black Caps will usher in 2022 with a New Year’s Day test against Bangladesh at Tauranga’s Bay Oval, New Zealand Cricket has announced.

NZC confirmed its home international schedule on Friday, which features tours by Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and the Netherlands men’s sides, and India women ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup starting on March 4.

The Black Caps and White Ferns schedule is notable for no matches in Auckland across 33 days of international cricket.

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Because the Black Caps are not scheduled to emerge from managed isolation after their tour of India until December 23, the Boxing Day test has been pushed back a week to allow them enough preparation time and Christmas with the players’ families.

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Bangladesh will play two tests only to open the international season, at Bay Oval and Christchurch’s Hagley Oval from January 9-13.

South Africa also tour for two tests in New Zealand’s World Test Championship defence, in Christchurch from February 17-22 and Wellington’s Basin Reserve from February 25 until March 1.

Ross Taylor opens the shoulders against Pakistan at Bay Oval last season.

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Ross Taylor opens the shoulders against Pakistan at Bay Oval last season.

The latter is potentially senior statesman Ross Taylor’s farewell to test cricket although he has given no definitive time frame on when he will retire from internationals. New Zealand are yet to beat South Africa in a test series, home or away, and lost 1-0 when they last visited in 2017.

South Africa were unable to accommodate three T20s so Australia’s men’s team – who meet the Black Caps in Monday’s (3am NZT) T20 World Cup final in Dubai – were a late addition to the schedule and will play three T20s in Wellington and Napier in March.

Australia will host the Black Caps earlier in the summer for three ODIs and one T20 from January 30 until February 8.

Australia’s Matthew Wade and New Zealand’s Martin Guptill will reconvene in Wellington in March.

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Australia’s Matthew Wade and New Zealand’s Martin Guptill will reconvene in Wellington in March.

The Netherlands, featuring Wellington Firebirds seamer Logan van Beek, round out the season with one T20 and three ODIs as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

The final match is pencilled in for April 4, at Hamilton’s Seddon Park, the day after the Women’s World Cup final in Christchurch.

NZC chief executive David White acknowledged the delay in announcing the summer schedule, explaining it was inevitable given the impact of Covid-19 both in New Zealand and abroad, and the knock-on effects on international travel.

Amy Satterthwaite and the White Ferns will host India before the ICC Women’s World Cup.

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Amy Satterthwaite and the White Ferns will host India before the ICC Women’s World Cup.

“It hasn’t been a straight-forward process and we’ve needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalising the arrangements,” he said.

“Having said that, I’m delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to these games.

“The India series is a crucial part of the White Ferns’ World Cup preparations. The four tests are very important for the Black Caps in terms of their World Test Championship defence.

“And, as part of the ICC Super League, the Black Caps’ six ODIs carry similar significance.”

Tickets will go on sale on December 2.

New Zealand Cricket’s home international schedule for 2021-22:

Black Caps v Bangladesh:

Jan 1-5: 1st test at Bay Oval, Tauranga, 11am

Jan 9-13: 2nd test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 11am

*(Jan 30 to Feb 8: Black Caps tour Australia for three ODIs and one T20)

White Ferns v India:

Feb 9: 1st T20 at McLean Park, Napier, 1pm

Feb 11: 1st ODI at McLean Park, Napier, 2pm

Feb 14: 2nd ODI at Saxton Oval, Nelson, 11am

Feb 16: 3rd ODI at Saxton Oval, Nelson, 11am

Feb 22: 4th ODI at John Davies Oval, Queenstown, 11am

Feb 24: 5th ODI at John Davies Oval, Queenstown, 11am

*(March 4 to April 3: ICC Women’s World Cup in NZ)

Black Caps v South Africa:

Feb 17-22: 1st test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 11am

Feb 25-Mar 1: 2nd test at Basin Reserve, Wellington, 11am

Black Caps v Australia:

Mar 17: 1st T20 at Sky Stadium, Wellington, 7.10pm

Mar 18: 2nd T20 at Sky Stadium, Wellington, 7.10pm

Mar 20: 3rd T20 at McLean Park, Napier, 7.10pm

Black Caps v Netherlands:

Mar 25: 1st T20 at Bay Oval, Tauranga, 7.10pm

Mar 29: 1st ODI at University of Otago Oval, Dunedin, 11am

Apr 2: 2nd ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 2pm

Apr 4: 3rd ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 2pm

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