Cricket South Africa (CSA) has released the schedule for the white-ball series against Australia. The five-match One-Day International (ODI) series will kick off on September 7th at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, marking the first time the Proteas will host the Aussies since 2020.
The upcoming series holds great importance for both teams as they prepare for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, set to take place in India later this year. South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer Pholetsi Moseki expressed that the series is particularly crucial as it marks the start of the international season for the Proteas and is a vital opportunity for the team to qualify for the World Cup.
In their previous encounter in 2020, South Africa managed to beat Australia 3-0 in the ODI series after losing the T20I series 2-1. This time around, the two teams will face off in five ODIs, with the third match to be played at JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom on September 12.
After the first two ODIs, both teams will move to the Highveld, where SuperSport Park will host the fourth ODI on September 15. The series will culminate with the fifth and final match at Wanderers Stadium on September 17th.
As the countdown to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup continues, both South Africa and Australia will be looking to put on strong performances in the upcoming series, hoping to secure their place in the tournament and challenge the best teams in the world.
This white-ball series is expected to garner significant attention from cricket fans worldwide, and both teams will be aiming to put on a competitive and entertaining display of cricket.