Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Friday that Australia will tour the country from August 30 to September 17 for three T20 Internationals and five ODIs as part of preparation for the ODI World Cup to be held in India in October-November.
Durban’s Kingsmead Stadium is set to host all three T20 matches on August 30, September 1 and 3 as Australia will be led by a new captain following Aaron Finn’s international retirement earlier this year.
The five-match ODI series begins on 7 and 9 September at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, before the third ODI is played at the JB Marks Oval on 12 September.
The two teams will then travel to Supersport Park to play the fourth ODI on September 15, where the final match of the 50-over series will be played at the Wanderers Stadium on September 17. South Africa welcomed Australia for the first time since 2020 when the hosts bounced back from a 2-1 loss in the T20I series to thrash the visitors 3-0 in the ODI series.
“Games and tours like this against a strong Australia side can only do well for our Proteas men. It is also an opportunity for coach Rob Walter and his team to continue the great work they have done together so far.”
“We look forward to seeing them play and we expect the South African to come out in their numbers and get behind the team in what has been a highly competitive tour,” said CSA chief executive Foletsi Moseki.
South Africa are yet to qualify for the ODI World Cup after being pulled out of three matches against Australia in January last year due to conflicts with their new domestic SA20 league.
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Their direct qualification into the tournament depends on Ireland losing one of their three ODIs against Bangladesh next week. But if Ireland wins 3–0, South Africa will play a qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe in June–July.
“It’s the start of the international season for us and it’s a particularly important campaign in many respects because of the ICC Men’s.” Cricket The World Cup which is happening in India at the end of the year. We haven’t qualified yet, but we hope to be there and challenge the best in the world when the tournaments are played in October and November,” concluded Mosecki.
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