Cricket: Blackcaps to host world test champions Australia, South Africa in 2024

The Blackcaps will play world test champions Australia for the first time in New Zealand since 2016, after releasing their schedule for the upcoming 2023/24 cricket season.

It will mark nearly a decade since New Zealand hosted their trans-Tasman rivals in a test series, with two confirmed matches at Wellington and Christchurch.

The two-test series will be accompanied by three Twenty20 matches, with the first kicking off Australia's tour at Wellington's Sky Stadium on February 21, 2024.

The remaining Twenty20 matches will be played at Auckland's Eden Park on February 23 and February 25, before the first test begins at Wellington's Basin Reserve on February 29.

The last red-ball game will be played at Christchurch's Hagley Oval on March 8, but not before the Blackcaps welcome South Africa for two test matches.

New Zealand have never beaten the Proteas in a test series, but will look to break their duck with two matches to be played before they take on Australia.

The first test match will be played at Mt Maunganui's Bay Oval from February 4, before the second at Hamilton's Seddon Park from February 17.

New Zealand's summer schedule starts with a one-day series against Bangladesh in December, before three Twenty20 matches.

NZC boss David White is pleased to confirm consecutive games at the same venue to help reduce travel for everyone involved.

"In terms of venues with lights, we've been able to schedule several back-to-back night matches and day matches to ensure good opportunities for both families and adult patrons respectively, which we think is good for the game," he said.

"It's a strategy that also complements our need to prioritise energy efficiency and to just do the right thing as a sports organisation, given the challenges we're facing from climate change these days.

"It's a hugely exciting time for cricket in New Zealand, both in terms of the great series and teams on offer this summer, and the ability for fans to either attend the matches first-hand or watch live on TV at no charge.

"It's great that people will be able to watch on their TVs at home or follow the action on digital devices, no matter where they happen to be over the summer."