South Africa to host Australia in white-ball action

Durban: South Africa will open their 2023/2024 summer hosting Australia, beginning with three T20Is ahead of five ODIs that will prepare the teams for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Kingsmead stadium in Durban will hold all three T20Is, with the first match on August 30, before attention turns to the 50-over format from September 7 at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. The

ground will host the first two ODIs, before Potchefstroom, Centurion, Johannesburg get an ODI each.

The ODIs will be of great importance for both teams, as final preparations are likely made ahead of the Cricket World Cup, held in India from October-November, the ICC reported.

South Africa are yet to qualify for the event, though they will finish in an automatic qualification spot if Ireland fail to claim three wins in three matches against Bangladesh in their upcoming Cricket World Cup Super League series. Should Ireland claim an unlikely 3-0 series win, South Africa would need

to travel for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier, beginning on June 18 in Zimbabwe.

The Proteas welcome Australia for the first time since 2020, when the hosts came back from a 2-1 T20I series defeat to beat Australia 3-0 in the ODI series.

“It is the start of the international season for us and it is a particularly important campaign in many respects because of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” Cricket South Africa CEO Pholetsi Moseki said.

“We haven’t qualified just yet, but we hope to be there and challenging the best in the world when

the tournament is played in October and November,” he said.

“Games and tours like these against a formidable Australia side can only do good for our Proteas Men. It is also an opportunity for coach Rob Walter and his team to keep building on the excellent work they have already done so far together,” Moseki added.


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