The NZ Government's decision to relax quarantine rules for the Wallabies' two Bledisloe Cup matches next month has left the Blackcaps encouraged about their upcoming international schedule.
The Blackcaps are scheduled to face four different teams at home this summer, and some of their own players will also be seeking an exemption.
On Thursday, Blackcaps bowling coach Shane Jurgensen signed on for another two years. But it's now been six months – a quarter of that timeframe – since the side bowled a ball.
"It'd be nice to mark out some run ups again," Jurgensen admits.
They'll know if that will happen soon, with a Government decision on the arrival of the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh expected as early as next week.
The relaxed rules given to the Wallabies have left the Blackcaps confident of a similar exemption for the touring sides.
"It probably shows progress on that …