Black Caps to play Australia in historic Melbourne Cricket Ground Boxing Day Test in 2019

The Black Caps will face Australia in a Boxing Day Test at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground next year as part of a Future Tours Programme that sees New Zealand play England, Australia and India in a historic summer.

The historic MCG fixture will be the first time the Black Caps will have played in one of Test cricket’s marquee fixtures in 32 years.

Their last Boxing Day appearance at the MCG came in 1987 when the Black Caps came agonisingly close to victory, only to be denied by a last-wicket partnership between Craig McDermott and Mike Whitney, who secured a nail-biting draw.

New Zealand have only played three Tests at the MCG, losing by an innings in 1973-74 in a match that started on December 29, and drawing the 1980 Boxing Day Test.

Before the historic three-Test, three ODI tour of Australia, the Black Caps will host England for two Tests and five T20s in October and November next year.

When they return from Australia they will face India at home in two Tests, three ODIs and five T20s in February-March 2020.

In October and November this year, the Black Caps face Pakistan away in three games in each format before hosting Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh - although they won’t play any Tests against India.

They will face Sri Lanka away in two Tests and three T20s.

The programme culminates with the ICC Test Championship final in England in June 2021. 

NZC boss David White says players are excited to end the 32-year wait to play in the prestigious match. Source: 1 NEWS


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Dan Vettori loses another high profile T20 job, axed as Middlesex coach

Australian Stuart Law will leave his role as West Indies head coach to take over at English County Championship side Middlesex from next season, leaving former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori out of a job.

The former Australia batsman has agreed a four-year deal with the county and will begin his new job in January following West Indies' tours of India and Bangladesh.

"It is a great privilege to be asked to coach Middlesex and to accept one of the plum jobs in world cricket," he said.

"I have very much enjoyed my time with the West Indies and wish the staff and players every success.

"There is never a good time to leave but the opportunity to work with Middlesex for four years at the home of cricket was too good to decline."

It's the second recent blow to Vettori's coaching resume, with the former spinner also fired from his job with Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

Dan Vettori of the Black Caps


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Cricket Australia closes probe into alleged 'Osama' slur against England's Moeen Ali

Cricket Australia has closed an investigation into an alleged racial slur directed by an Australian player at England opener Moeen Ali.

Moeen said in a recently published except from his autobiography that he was called "Osama" by an unnamed Australian player during the 2015 Ashes test in Cardiff.

Cricket Australia says it has investigated, but has closed the investigation after contacting the England and Wales Cricket Board. Cricket Australia says Moeen has decided not to pursue the matter.

CA says in a statement that "we take a zero-tolerance approach to remarks of this nature." It adds that "any allegations raised with us are treated seriously and respectfully."

Moeen Ali bowls during the day/night (pink ball) first Investec Test Match between England and West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Photo: Graham Morris/www.cricketpix.com / www.photosport.nz
Moeen Ali. Source: Photosport


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Baz McCullum mocks David Warner's club cricket antics: 'The equivalent of Sir Ed Hillary giving it large climbing his front steps'

Former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum has poked fun at Australian batsman David Warner, following the disgraced opener's antics upon his return to Sydney club cricket this weekend.

Warner, 31, and former captain Steve Smith both made their Australian returns yesterday, following their involvement in a ball tampering scandal earlier this year.

Striding to the wicket, Warner belted 155 not out for Randwick-Petersham, although it was his celebration at reaching three figures that gave an insight into his temperament.

The opener produced his Test match celebration, running before jumping and punching the air in delight, before acknowledging the crowd.

Taking to Twitter, McCullum was quick to poke fun at Warner, writing:

"Geez Davey! This celebration is the equivalent of Sir Ed Hillary giving it large climbing his front steps, post Everest! Hahaha," McCullum said.

The banned opener made 155 not out on his return to the pitch. Source: ABC Australia


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Watch: David Warner celebrates like it's a Test after reaching ton in club match

David Warner's time away from cricket doesn't appear to have taught the disgraced Australian opener any humility, bringing out an over the top celebration in a Sydney club match.

Warner and former captain Steve Smith both made their Australian returns yesterday, following their involvement in a ball tampering scandal earlier this year.

Striding to the wicket, Warner belted 155 not out for Randwick-Petersham,  although it was his celebration at reaching three figures that gave an insight into his temperament.

The opener produced his Test match celebration, running before jumping and punching the air in delight, before acknowledging the crowd.

Onlookers were left somewhat perplexed, amused by the fact a player of Warner's ability felt it necessary to celebrate against amateur club players.

The banned opener made 155 not out on his return to the pitch. Source: ABC Australia


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