To host England and Australia in 2007-08 October 17, 2007

NZ announce packed schedule ahead of World Cup

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand will play 10 ODIs at home this season in preparation for the World Cup © Getty Images

New Zealand women will play 10 one-day internationals and the first-ever women's Twenty20 in the country as part of their schedule for 2007-08.

They will host England and Australia between February and March 2008 for five ODIs each, in preparation for the World Cup in 2009.

"The season provides a stern test for the White Ferns in the build up to the 2009 women's World Cup in Australia," said Steve Jenkin, the New Zealand coach.

England last toured New Zealand for a bilateral one-day series in November 2000 and lost all three matches. The two sides played each other last in August this year in England with New Zealand winning the series 3-2.

New Zealand played Australia in the Rose Bowl series this July in Darwin, a series they lost 3-2. Australia will return the visit, which includes a Twenty20 ahead of the ODIs.

"Although we know both sides [Australia and England] well, the level of competition is guaranteed to be of the highest standard and an exciting prospect for players, supporters and all involved," Jenkins said.

"After the 2007-08 summer, we will have a strong indication of our progress as we seek to regain the World Cup."

All matches will be played at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln University.