New Zealand plan first day-night Test against England in 2018

first_imgNew Zealand will host their first day-night Test when England tour the country in early 2018, pending final approval from both teams.The twilight match will be played at Auckland’s Eden Park, which has not hosted a test since a game with India in 2014. No dates have been confirmed but the tour is likely to fall in a window during February-March.”While we can’t confirm it yet, it’s something we’re extremely interested in and working towards,” New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said in a media release on Friday.New Zealand, who played the inaugural day-night Test against Australia last year in Adelaide, had hoped to play their first at home early next year against South Africa but the idea was abandoned due to logistical problems.South Africa’s board are also mulling a pink ball Test with Australia in Adelaide later this year but the Proteas’ players have expressed their reticence.New Zealand also confirmed three one-day internationals against world champions Australia from Jan. 30-Feb. 5 next year.Bangladesh will tour for three ODIs, three Twenty20 matches and two Tests from Dec. 26-Jan. 24.The limited overs matches, like last year’s series against Sri Lanka, will be held over the Christmas-New Year holidays.South Africa begin their tour with a T20 international at Eden Park, where they were beaten by New Zealand in the semi-final of last year’s World Cup, before they play five ODIs and three tests.New Zealand will also host a full tour by the West Indies in 2017, limited overs series against Pakistan and three ODIs against Australia before the England tour.advertisementNew Zealand’s 2016/2017 schedule:Nov. 17-21 v Pakistan, 1st Test, ChristchurchNov. 25-29 v Pakistan, 2nd Test, HamiltonDec. 26 v Bangladesh, 1st ODI ChristchurchDec. 29 v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, NelsonDec. 31 v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, NelsonJan. 3 v Bangladesh, 1st T20, NapierJan. 6 v Bangladesh, 2nd T20, Mt. MaunganuiJan. 8 v Bangladesh, 3rd T20, Mt. MaunganuiJan. 12-16 v Bangladesh, 1st Test, WellingtonJan. 20-24 v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, ChristchurchJan. 30 v Australia, 1st ODI, AucklandFeb. 2 v Australia, 2nd ODI, NapierFeb. 5 v Australia, 3rd ODI, HamiltonFeb. 17 v South Africa, 1st T20, AucklandFeb. 19 v South Africa, 1st ODI, HamiltonFeb. 22 v South Africa, 2nd ODI, ChristchurchFeb. 25 v South Africa, 3rd ODI, WellingtonMarch 1 v South Africa, 4th ODI, NapierMarch 4 v South Africa, 5th ODI, AucklandMarch 8-12 v South Africa, 1st Test, DunedinMarch 16-20 v South Africa, 2nd Test, WellingtonMarch 25-29 v South Africa, 3rd Test, Hamiltonlast_img read more

Neeraj Chopra wins gold in javelin throw at Savo Games

first_imgNeeraj Chopra won gold in men’s javelin throw at the Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland on Sunday.Neeraj, who created history by winning gold in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier in the year, achieved a throw of 85.69 metres to finish on top of the standings and bag the top prize. Chao-Tsun Cheng of Chinese Taipei took silver with an attempt of 82.52m.Cheng, who managed 82.52 metres to take the second place, became the only Asian to have thrown the javelin beyond 90m. He threw 91.36m during the World University Games in Taipei last year to shatter the previous Asian record of 89.15 metres set by Zhao Qinggang of China at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.But this season, his best so far has been a 84.60m effort earlier this month in Sweden. Neeraj has a personal best and national record of 87.43m which he did during the first leg of the Diamond League Meeting in Doha in May.Also read – Neeraj Chopra wins javelin Gold at Sotteville Athletics MeetNeeraj is leading the Asian charts so far this season, ahead of Cheng and Ahmed Bader Magour of Qatar (season best 83.71m) and bagging gold just before the Asian Games in Jakarta will give the 20-year-old much needed confidence going into the event.Before this, Neeraj struck gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France. He threw 85.17 metres to bag the top prize.While Neeraj Chopra threw a distance of 85.17 m, the second best was Adrian Mardare of Moldova who threw a distance of 81.48 metre. The bronze medal went to Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania whose best was 79.31 metre.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more