New Zealand to host England in first day-night Test match in Auckland at Eden Park

  • Eden Park in Auckland is all set to host the first day-night test match on New Zealand soil. 
  • After winning the ODI series 3-2 England is all set to take on New Zealand in a 2 match test series starting on 22nd March at Eden Park. 
  • Both these countries have played one day-night test match each with New Zealand losing to Australia in the 1st match ever, while England defeating Windies in August 2017. 

After winning the ODI series 3-2 earlier in the month, England are now set to take on New Zealand in the first-ever day-night test match held on Kiwi soil. The New Zealand vs England day-night test match at Eden Park will be first of two test matches between these two countries. New Zealand day-night test match history started with the very first day-night test match ever, the Kiwis lost to Australia in Adelaide in November 2015. England day-night test match history is slightly better with their solitary match ending in an innings and 209 runs victory over Windies in 2017 at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The Eden Park test match will only be the 9th day-night test match in the history of cricket with the last one being between South Africa and Zimbabwe in December 2017.

Ben Stokes could miss New Zealand vs England day-night Test match

New Zealand vs England day-night test match could be affected by the history of this format given that 7 out of the 8 day-night test matches have been won by the home team. Having lost the Ashes to Australia 4-0 earlier this year, England will be looking for a much better performance against the Kiwis. England day-night test match could see the team entering Day 1 without their star all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes is currently struggling with a bad back, which could see him miss out in the first match. From the New Zealand side, their are worries surround the fitness of veteran batsman Ross Taylor, who would in all likelihood be replaced by Martin Guptill in the middle-order.

Just over three years ago, New Zealand started the day-night test match format against Australia and since then the format has seen a huge rise, to the level that Cricket Australia have promised to include one on the men’s schedule every summer, and so far, the returns have been hugely positive with over 190,000 attending England day-night test match in Adelaide during the Ashes in December.

Eden Park, which didn’t host a single test match from between 2007 to 2012, mainly in preparation for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. but will now get to a chance to host a historic match in New Zealand’s cricketing history.

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