England Women: First two matches of T20 series against New Zealand to be held behind closed doors

England Women: First two matches of T20 series against New Zealand to be held behind closed doors

New Zealand Government increased Covid restrictions following new positive case in Auckland; first two matches of England Women’s T20I series to be played without fans in Wellington; New Zealand Men’s T20 series vs Australia also affected

Last Updated: 27/02/21 12:24pm


England are set to conclude their ODI series against New Zealand on Saturday before a three-match T20 series

The first two matches of England Women’s T20 series in New Zealand will take place behind closed doors following an escalation of the coronavirus alert level in the country.

The New Zealand Government has taken the action – which includes a week-long lockdown in Auckland – after a new positive test was recorded in the country’s largest city.

England’s first T20 against New Zealand takes place on Wednesday and, while it will be staged in Wellington, no fans will be permitted.

The second match of the three-game series, scheduled to take place on Friday, has been moved from Auckland to Wellington, and will again be held without fans.

New Zealand Men are on the verge of defeating Australia in their T20 series

New Zealand Men are on the verge of defeating Australia in their T20 series

The new Government measures have also affected New Zealand’s men’s team, who are currently playing a T20 series against rivals Australia.

The men’s and women’s matches are being played as double-headers, meaning the third T20 between New Zealand and Australia will be held on Wednesday in Wellington, with the fourth match taking place on Friday in the same city, without supporters.

New Zealand Cricket says no decision has been taken on the double-header in Tauranga on March 7, where both men’s and women’s T20 series are due to be concluded.

England Women have already won the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, which concludes in Dunedin on Saturday ahead of the T20 series.

New Zealand Men are 2-0 up on Australia in their T20 series.

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