Test cricket returns to Eden Park, Auckland

Eden Park had hosted the Rugby World Cup final last year and hadn’t hosted Test cricket since 2006 owing to the redevelopment process Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Wellington: Jun 21, 2012

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have announced the schedule of the England s tour to the country next year.

The big news is that Eden Park, Auckland is set to host its first Test in six years, rediff.com reported.

Eden Park had hosted the Rugby World Cup final last year and hadn t hosted Test cricket since 2006 owing to the redevelopment process. However, it continued to host limited-overs fixtures.

NZC s chief executive David White was quoted, ‘”We felt the England tour presented a good opportunity to allocate a match to our largest city.”

“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,” White added.

Dunedin will host the first Test of the series. White said, “”We felt it was important to schedule an international match in the South Island and a Test match at University Oval was the logical choice.”

“It was 1966 when the England team last played a Test match in Dunedin so I’m sure the locals will get behind the event,” he concluded.