NZ to co-host Twenty20

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New Zealand Cricket have given up three sched­uled one-day in­ter­na­tion­als against Aus­tralia to co­host a Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional tris­eries in early 2018.

On Tues­day, the na­tional body an­nounced they would join forces with their trans-Tas­man coun­ter­parts to host Eng­land for a T20 se­ries fea­tur­ing six matches and a fi­nal.

To be staged at the com­ple­tion of the Ashes test se­ries be­tween Aus­tralia and Eng­land in Aus­tralia, each side will play each other twice in the round-robin stage,.

A se­ries de­cider will be then played at Eden Park in Auck­land on Fe­bru­ary 21.

Three of the Black Caps roundrobin matches will be played in New Zealand, with the two matches against Eng­land at Welling­ton’s West­pac Stadium and Sed­don Park in Hamil­ton and one fix­ture against Aus­tralia at Eden Park.

The Kiwi team’s fourth roundrobin match against Aus­tralia will be held at the Syd­ney Cricket Ground.

Se­cur­ing their part in the se­ries, though, had not come with­out a cost.

A NZC spokesman con­firmed the T20 matches will take the place of a three-match Chap­pel­lHadlee ODI se­ries sched­uled for the 2017-18 sea­son.

That se­ries is sched­uled to take a break in 2018-19 be­fore re­turn­ing in the 2019-20 sea­son.

PHOTO: PHOTOSPORT

New Zealand’s Martin Gup­till bats in the sec­ond match of the Chap­pell-Hadlee ODI se­ries in Fe­bru­ary.

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