Australia to tour South Africa for limited-overs series

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Australia travels to South Africa for an eight-match white-ball tour this year, including three Twenty20 matches and five one-day internationals (ODIs) in preparation for the 50-over World Cup in India, officials confirmed on Friday.

The T20 fixtures will all be played at Kingsmead in the coastal city of Durban between August 30 and September 3. The tour then moves to the Highveld for the five-match ODI series over September 7-17. The first two games will be in Bloemfontein, followed by matches in Potchefstroom, Pretoria and Johannesburg.

It is the first white-ball tour to the country by Australia since 2020 and follows South Africa’s withdrawal from an ODI series in Australia last January when it prioritised the launch of the domestic T20 league.

Having forfeited that series, South Africa has yet to seal its place at the World Cup in October but will do so if Ireland fails to complete a clean sweep of its three-match series against Bangladesh, which starts in Chelmsford next week.

If the Irish do book their place at the expense of South Africa, the latter will suffer the embarrassment of having to go through the final round of qualifiers in Zimbabwe next month.

Australia tour to South Africa:

Aug. 30: First T20 – Durban

Sept. 1: Second T20 – Durban

Sept. 3: Third T20 – Durban

Sept. 7: First ODI – Bloemfontein

Sept. 9: Second ODI – Bloemfontein

Sept. 12: Third ODI – Potchefstroom

Sept. 15: Fourth ODI – Pretoria

Sept. 17: Fifth ODI – Johannesburg

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