28 Aug 2015

One day internationals to return to Basin Reserve

12:53 pm on 28 August 2015

One day international cricket is to return to Wellington's Basin Reserve this summer.

New Zealand Cricket has announced the summer international programme for the Black Caps which includes tours here by Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Three Chappell-Hadlee One Day Internationals will be played at Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton in early February.

Wellington's Basin Reserve

One day international cricket will return to the Basin Reserve for the first time in 10 years. Photo: PHOTO NZ

It will be the first time since 2010 in which the trophy has been contested over the course of a series, as opposed to a stand-alone match.

Over the course of the home summer the Black Caps will play four Tests, 11 OD's and five Twenty20 matches at nine different venues.

The Basin Reserve will host the opening one dayer against Pakistan on January 21st.

The last time the Basin hosted an ODI was against Australia in 2005.

Wellington will also be the venue at which Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, fitness permitting, will set a world record for becoming the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive Tests since debuting.

Other highlights of the international programme include a Boxing Day ODI against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, the return of one day international cricket to Wellington's Basin Reserve, and a concentration on holiday venues Nelson and Mt Maunganui during the Christmas-New Year period.

Captain Brendon McCullum off the mark with a first ball four, Lord's 2015.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum is on course to become the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive Tests since debut. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Over the course of the home summer the Black Caps will play four Tests, 11 ODIs and five Twenty20 matches at nine different venues.

Dunedin will host the first Test against Sri Lanka, Hamilton the second, while the two against Australia will be played in Wellington and Christchurch.

Sri Lanka will start their tour in Queenstown with a three-day tour game against a President's XI, from December 3rd-5th.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the schedule covered a good geographical spread.

"On the back of the Cricket World Cup we've taken a regional approach to the allocation of international venues, working closely with local and regional councils as well as with our Major and District Associations and venue authorities," he said.

Wellington will also be the venue at which Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, fitness permitting, will set a world record for becoming the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive Tests since debut.

International series 2015-16

Black Caps v Sri Lanka

1st Test Thu 10 - Mon 14 December University Oval, Dunedin

2nd Test Fri 18 -Tues 22 December Seddon Park, Hamilton

1st ODI Sat 26 December Hagley Oval, Christchurch Day

2nd ODI Mon 28 December Hagley Oval, Christchurch Day

3rd ODI Thu 31 December Saxton Oval, Nelson Day

4th ODI Sat 2 January Saxton Oval, Nelson Day

5th ODI Tues 5 January Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui Day

1st T20 Thu 7 January Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui Day

2nd T20 Sun 10 January Eden Park, Auckland Day

Black Caps v Pakistan

1st T20 Fri 15 January Eden Park, Auckland D/N

2nd T20 Sun 17 January Seddon Park, Hamilton D/N

3rd T20 Fri 22 January Westpac Stadium, Wellington D/N

1st ODI Mon 25 January Basin Reserve, Wellington Day

2nd ODI Thu 28 January McLean Park, Napier D/N

3rd ODI Sun 31 January Eden Park, Auckland Day

Black Caps v Australia

1st ODI Wed 3 February Eden Park, Auckland D/N

2nd ODI Sat 6 February Westpac Stadium, Wellington D/N

3rd ODI Mon 8 February Seddon Park, Hamilton D/N

1st Test Fri 12 - Tues 16 February Basin Reserve, Wellington

2nd Test Sat 20 - Wed 24 February Hagley Oval, Christchurch