Four NZ-Aust T20 matches this summer

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Australia and New Zealand will replay their T20 World Cup final four times this summer, with home and away series wedged into the international program.

After a long wait, New Zealand Cricket released its international schedule for the summer on Friday, headlined by the Women's ODI World Cup in March.

The White Ferns will tune up for that tournament with six matches against India in February.

Kane Williamson's men - who face Australia in Monday morning's T20 decider - have another packed schedule waiting for them at home.

A T20 and Test series in India beginning next week has delayed New Zealand's home season until New Year's Day, when a two-Test series with Bangladesh begins.

New Zealand will also play two Tests against South Africa - who they have never beaten in a series - as well as short-form matches against the Netherlands.

But it's the trans-Tasman cricket that catches the eye, given the recent history of the two nations.

The Black Caps will head to Australia for three ODI matches and a T20 international beginning late January, before hosting three T20s in March.

"It's fantastic. We've got an intense rivalry," NZ Cricket chief executive David White said.

The Black Caps T20 series success in March was just their sixth series win over Australia in any format.

Fixturing the Kiwi summer of cricket in the age of COVID-19 has been "incredibly complex" according to White.

"It hasn't been a straight-forward process and we've needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalising the arrangements," he said.

"Having said that I'm delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to these games."

White said the Australian matches were late additions to the schedule, and quarantine arrangements weren't yet final - though he was confident of agreements.

Auckland won't host any international cricket outside of the Women's World Cup, with White saying NZC preferred "our beautiful boutique grounds".

New Zealand's Tests against Bangladesh have been slated for Tauranga and Christchurch's Hagley Oval, with South Africa playing in Christchurch and Wellington at the Basin Reserve.

The Women's World Cup final is also being played at Hagley Oval on April 4.

BLACK CAPS SUMMER OF CRICKET:

January - Two Tests v Bangladesh

January-February - Three ODIs, One T20 v Australia (in Australia)

February - Two Tests v South Africa

March - Three T20s v Australia

March-April - One T20, Three ODIs v Netherlands

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