Broadcasting officials are optimistic that New Zealand's test series against South Africa will be shown live on television.

Social media murmurings in recent days had it that there was a risk the two-test rubber would not be screened in New Zealand.

However a Sky TV spokesperson said there is a positive view within the organisation that a deal will be done with South African authorities.

A final signature is required but the paperwork has been completed. The first test starts in Durban on Friday night (NZT) with the second at Centurion beginning on August 27.


New Zealand are coming off their 2-0 series win over Zimbabwe in the first leg of the African tour.