New Zealand, the champions of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC), are set to compete in the third cycle of the WTC 2023-25.
The Kiwis will kick off their WTC campaign after the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup in October-November 2023.
In this article, we’ll take a look at New Zealand’s WTC 2023-25 schedule.
But before that, let’s take a look at New Zealand’s performance in the previous WTC cycle.
New Zealand’s Performance in WTC 2021-23
Unlike the inaugural WTC cycle, New Zealand couldn’t reach the finals of the 2023 WTC.
The Kiwis finished the WTC 2021-23 cycle on the sixth spot as they managed to win only 4 Tests out of 13. And they registered 6 losses and 3 draws.
Out of the six Test series, they could only win one against Sri Lanka at home by 2-0 (2). While they lost 2 Test series against India by 1-0 (2) and England by 3-0 (3).
Meanwhile, they managed to draw the remaining three series against Bangladesh by 1-1 (2), South Africa by 1-1 (2), and Pakistan by 0-0 (2).
This below-par performance meant the Kiwis couldn’t grab the top 2 spots in the WTC points table.
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New Zealand WTC 2023-25 Schedule
New Zealand will play 14 Test matches spread across six Test series.
The Kiwis will host South Africa, Australia, and England at home. While they will tour the sub-continent to play three away series against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India.
1. New Zealand vs South Africa
New Zealand will host the Proteas for a 2-match Test series. The series will take place in February 2024.
2. New Zealand vs Australia – Trans-Tasman Trophy
New Zealand will host the Aussies for the first time in eight years for a Test series. The Trans-Tasman rivals will play a 2-match Test series scheduled between February and March 2024.
3. New Zealand vs England
New Zealand will square off against England in a 3-match Test series at home. The exciting series will take place between November and December 2024.
1. Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Following the World Cup in India, the Kiwis will fly to Bangladesh to begin their WTC 2023-25 cycle. They will play a 2-match Test series against Bangladesh. The series will take place between November and December 2023.
The first Test match is scheduled between November 28 and December 2, 2023. While the second match will be played between December 6 and December 10, 2023.
2. Sri Lanka vs New Zealand
New Zealand will play a 2-match series against Sri Lanka. The series will take place between September and October 2024.
3. India vs New Zealand
After the conclusion of the Sri Lanka series, the Kiwis will fly to India. New Zealand and India are set to play a 3-match Test series. The series will take place between October and November 2024.