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Kiwis plan D/N Test with England

New Zealand on Friday unveiled plans to host a day-night Test against England as part of a packed home international schedule for the next two seasons.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said the fixture, to be played under lights with a pink ball, would take place at Auckland's Eden Park in 2018 "pending agreement and approval".

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"While we can't confirm it yet, it's something we're extremely interested in and working towards," NZC chief executive David White said.

NZC did not specify when the proposed pink-ball Test would take place but the ICC's Future Tours Programme has England's tour of New Zealand scheduled for February-April 2018.

Australia and New Zealand played the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide last year, attracting huge crowds to rival those at limited-overs versions of the game.

But players from both sides complained about the visibility and movement of the pink ball, while some conservatives claimed it undermined a Test tradition dating back to 1877.

Former England captain Andrew Strauss joined England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves in backing the concept this month, saying it was a matter of time before such a match was played in the sport's birthplace.

Under the NZC schedule announced Friday, New Zealand in 2016-17 will host Pakistan (two Tests), Bangladesh (three one-dayers, three T20s, two Tests), Australia (three ODIs) and South Africa (one T20, five ODIs, three Tests).

In 2017-18, they will host the West Indies (three Tests, five ODIs, one T20), Pakistan (three T20s, five ODIs), Australia (three ODIs) and England (one T20, five ODIs, two Tests). 

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