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Christchurch test included on Sri Lanka itinerary for New Zealand tour

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Christchurch will host a cricket test for the first time since a devastating 2011 earthquake when New Zealand and Sri Lanka meet at the city's Hagley Oval from December 26 in the first match of a two-test series.

Hagley Oval, which hosts its first test match, is also the venue for the opening match of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The newly-developed ground is near Christchurch city centre which was levelled by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Feb. 22, 2011 in which 185 people died.

New Zealand plays Sri Lanka in the second test in Wellington, and in seven one-day internationals as both teams prepare for the World Cup.

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