Aussies to play England, NZ in T20 tri-series

Captain Steven Smith (left) and man-of-the-match David Warner celebrate after Australia won the third match in this month's Chappell-Hadlee series.
Captain Steven Smith (left) and man-of-the-match David Warner celebrate after Australia won the third match in this month's Chappell-Hadlee series. JULIAN SMITH

CRICKET: New Zealand and Australia will host England in a Twenty20 tri-series next summer.

To be staged at the completion of the Ashes, each side will play one another twice in the round-robin stage, before the final is played at Eden Park on February 21.

New Zealand will host three round-robin matches, facing England at Westpac Stadium and Seddon Park, and Australia at Eden Park.

Australia will also host three round-robin matches, one against the Black Caps at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and the other two against England in Hobart and Melbourne.

The tri-series will take the place of the Chappell-Hadlee series, with the trans-Tasman trophy to go back on the line the following season.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the tri-series initiative was a late addition to next summer's program and too good an opportunity to pass up.

"To host matches against both England and Australia is an exciting development for New Zealand cricket fans,” White said.

"There is a lot of history - and a healthy rivalry between the three sides - and we expect the series to be well supported.”

White said the future of the Chappell-Hadlee Series remained secure.

"The Chappell-Hadlee series will resume in 2018-19 in New Zealand, will take a break in 2019-20 as scheduled, will return the following summer when New Zealand tours Australia, and in 2021-22 when Australia visits New Zealand.”

2017-18 T20 International Trans-Tasman Tri-Series

First T20I - Australia v Black Caps, SCG, February 3, 2018

Second T20I - Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7, 2018

Third T20I - Australia v England, MCG - February 10, 2018

Fourth T20I - Black Caps v England, Wellington Stadium, February 14, 2018

Fifth T20I - Black Caps v Australia, Eden Park, February 16, 2018

Sixth T20I - Black Caps v England, Seddon Park, February 18, 2018

Final - TBC, Eden Park, February 21, 2018


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