Black Caps keen for more Tests

04 April 2018 07:32:01 EST

New Zealand are looking forward to the chance of playing more Test cricket, after winning their home series against England.

The Black Caps moved up to third in the Test rankings with their 1-0 series victory, earned when they battled to a draw in the second Test in Christchurch.

Captain Kane Williamson said the team "weren't ecstatic" with only being able to play four home Tests this summer - the other two came before Christmas against West Indies.

"The team love playing Test cricket," he added. "We know the coming years have a lot more, so I guess being patient ... I think there's eight next year and maybe 10 after that."

The Black Caps are likely to only host four Tests again next summer, but the nine-nation Test championship will launch next July and mean more games.

The championship will run over two-year cycles with teams playing three series, home and away, before the top two sides meet in a final at Lord's.

Coach Mike Hesson echoed his skipper's opinion that New Zealand wanted to play a lot more Test cricket, and said the problem this year was that after the Ashes series England had only two more Tests available.

The Black Caps saw off the tourists on the final day at Hagley Oval when tailenders Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner rebuffed 31.2 overs to force a draw.

Williamson said the summer could be regarded as a success for the team.

"As a Test team, we are growing and improving, and I think we've seen that in this series. But certainly there's still work to be done," he added.

New Zealand are 8/1 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The Black Caps are 7/1 to win the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup.

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