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Lord's will host an Investec Test match between England and New Zealand in May 2013, originally scheduled to be staged in Cardiff.
The award of the Test comes after successful negotiations between MCC, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Glamorgan CCC. Cardiff will now host Champions Trophy matches.
MCC Chief executive and Secretary, Derek Brewer declared his pleasure at securing the New Zealand Test, which will start on Thursday 16 May.
“MCC is delighted that Lord’s will host a New Zealand Test Match next summer," said Brewer, who took over at MCC in May this year.
The deal ensures Lord's is now set to host two Tests per-summer for the foreseeable future, with New Zealand and Australia the visitors in 2013.
Brewer added: “Test cricket remains the pinnacle of our sport; these are the matches that we strive to host. It is fantastic news, not just for the Club and its Members, but for all the supporters and players who love coming to Lord’s, that the Ground will now stage two Tests each year until the end of 2016.
“We have recently seen over 100,000 spectators flood through the Lord’s Gates during a very successful England v. West Indies Test. It is a timely reminder for the continued appetite to watch the longest format of the game at the Home of Cricket.
“MCC is grateful to the ECB and Glamorgan CCC in making these arrangements possible.”
The dates for the 2013 Ashes Test at Lord's have also been announced. Lord's will host the second Test of the series, starting on Thursday 18 July.