Wellington - New Zealand will play a Boxing Day Test against
Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2019 for the first time in 32
The December 26 match will be part of a series of three
Tests and three one-day internationals confirmed on Thursday by New Zealand,
which announced its schedule for the 2019-20 season.
New Zealand and Australia last met in a Boxing Day test in
1987, when Richard Hadlee was a member of the New Zealand team.
England (eight times), India (six), West Indies (five),
South Africa (five), Pakistan (four) and Sri Lanka (two) have all played Boxing
Day Tests in the interim, but New Zealand was not considered a sufficient
The teams are also likely to play a Test at the Sydney
Cricket Ground for the first time since 1985.
New Zealand's schedule includes an away series of two Tests
and three Twenty20 internationals in Sri Lanka in August 2019.
England will play two Tests and five T20s in New Zealand in
October and November before the series in Australia.
India will then tour New Zealand for two Tests, three ODIs
and five T20s in February and March 2020.
The 2019 season sees the start of the International Cricket
Council's Test championship and ODI league.