CHRISTCHURCH (AFP) – New Zealand and Sri Lanka are expecting a paceman’s paradise when their two-Test series starts in Christchurch on Friday.
Aside from the prestige of a Test match, the first in eight years in the earthquake-ravaged city, it also serves also as an opportunity for both sides to fine tune ahead of the looming World Cup.
The World Cup squads are due to be finalised on January 8, a day after the second Test ends.
Even as the Sri Lankans settled into lodgings in the main South Island city they were alerted to its earthquake risk when a magnitude 4.0 quake struck on Wednesday, followed by several aftershocks.
With the former home of cricket in Christchurch, Lancaster Park, destroyed in the 2011 quakes which claimed 185 lives, a new venue was purpose built at Hagley Oval and quickly developed a reputation in domestic cricket for producing a result.