New Zealand Cricket has moved to streamline its home international schedules for the BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS in order to mitigate the risk of an Omicron outbreak compromising upcoming fixtures.

The immediate changes will see the South Africa men’s side remaining in Christchurch for the entire duration of its visit, playing both its scheduled Tests at Hagley Oval rather than decamping to Wellington for the second match, as initially scheduled.

The revised home summer schedule will now comprise:

BLACKCAPS v South Africa – two Tests:

1st Test – Thursday 17 February –  Monday 21 February

2nd Test – Friday 25 February – Tuesday 1 March

Both Test matches to be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.