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Jun 21, 2012 at 10:15am IST

England to play three Tests on NZ tour

Wellington: England will play three tests, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals on their tour to New Zealand starting next February.

The February 4 to March 26 tour will include the first Test played at Auckland's Eden Park since 2006. But New Zealand Cricket said it had been unable to schedule a match in earthquake-hit Christchurch because of the lack of a suitable venue.

The tour will begin with two T20 warm-up matches against a New Zealand XI at Whangarei before T20 internationals at Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington on February 9, 12 and 15. The one-day internationals will be played at Hamilton, Napier and Auckland and the Test matches at Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland.

England to play three Tests on NZ tour

The tour will also include three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals between the two nations.

"We felt the England tour presented a good opportunity to allocate a match to our largest city," New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said. "An inbound England tour brings in a large number of supporters who create a wonderful atmosphere and we are sure the people of Auckland will turn out in force to see two quality teams in what promises to be a fantastic occasion."

With Christchurch unable to host a game, Dunedin took over as the South Island's Test venue. It will be the first time England had played a Test in Dunedin since 1966.

ITINERARY:

Feb 4: vs New Zealand XI, T20 warm-up, Whangarei.

Feb 6: vs New Zealand XI, T20 warm-up, Whangarei.

Feb 9: First Twenty20 international, Auckland.

Feb 12: Second Twenty20 international, Hamilton.

Feb 15: Third Twenty20 international, Wellington.

Feb 17: First ODI, Hamilton.

Feb 20: Second ODI, Napier.

Feb 23: Third ODI, Auckland.

Feb 27-March 2: vs New Zealand XI, Queenstown.

March 6-10: First Test, Dunedin.

March 14-18: Second Test, Wellington.

March 22-26: Third test, Auckland.

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