Tim Wigmore

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Four Tests in 18 months: New Zealand’s schedule a harbinger of what is to come | Tim Wigmore

The Black Caps’ fixture list is best understood as a glimpse of the future – not just for the country, but for the wider cricketing world

Meet New Zealand, the ghost Test cricket team. From March 2017 to October 2018, the side will play a paltry four Tests in 18 months. In the same period Joe Root, one of Kane Williamson’s biggest rivals for the mantle of the best Test batsman in the world, will play 21 Tests for England.

Understandably, senior players are privately bemoaning the paucity of five-day action. The little Test cricket that is being played is also being pushed to the margins of early December and the end of March, a soft flatbread to the 13 ODIs and 10 T20s that fill the meaty chunk of New Zealand’s summer.

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Ireland welcome ‘opportunity’ offered by ICC’s two-division Test plan

• Cricket Ireland’s Warren Deutrom says plan would boost game’s profile• Promotion and relegation is ‘meritocratic and driven by context’Cricket Ireland’s chief executive, Warren Deutrom, has welcomed the International Cricket Council’s proposals to cr…

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