New Zealand, Windies to play in Nelson

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The Saxton Oval in Nelson will host its first ODI when the West Indies visit New Zealand later this year.

The Saxton Oval in Nelson will host its first ODI when the West Indies visit New Zealand later this year.

The full tour – played across eight cities and towns – will feature three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals between 3 December 2013 and 15 January 2014.

New Zealand Cricket's intention, according to chief executive officer David White, is to build an annual series of matches at popular holiday destinations with international grounds.

"It will be fantastic to see the Black Caps playing in these hotspots and we're hopeful the holiday crowds will be out in force to support their national side," said White.

"And we're delighted to bring Boxing Day action back to our biggest city, as these matches at Eden Park have been really successful in the past."

Nelson Cricket Association general manager Ed Shuttleworth, meanwhile, welcomed the opportunity to hold an ODI in the South Island town.

"To bring international cricket to our region has been a goal for many years and achieving this is a moment of real pride for all those involved in developing cricket and the facilities in the region," he added.

"The legacy of international cricket will be significant with participation increasing and kids being inspired by seeing the Black Caps in their home town."

<b>Schedule</b><br>First Test: 3 to 7 December 2013, Dunedin<br>Second Test: 11 to 15 December 2013, Wellington<br>Third Test: 19 to 23 December 2013, Hamilton<br>First ODI: 26 December 2013, Auckland<br>Second ODI: 29 December 2013, Napier<br>Third ODI: 1 January 2014, Queenstown<br>Fourth ODI: 4 January 2014, Nelson<br>Fifth ODI: 8 January 2014, Hamilton<br>First T20I: 11 January 2014, Auckland<br>Second T20I: 15 January 2014, Wellington

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