No New Year’s test for Cape Town

2013-10-30 11:15

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has finally released its long-awaited shortened test schedule for the Indian tour and for the the first time since 1992, the South African summer will go without a New Year’s test.

Aside from the 1993/94, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2005/06 and 2008/09 seasons when South Africa made summer trips to Australia, Newlands in Cape Town has always played host to the January 2 test, which has been the premier test match of the South African season.

The two test matches against India will be played at the Wanderers in Joburg and Kingsmead in Durban.

The first test will be played from December 18 to 22 while the second test will occupy the normal Boxing Day spot from December 26 to December 30.

Because of New Zealand’s lower profile and recently poor attendances in Durban, the coastal venue was passed over for test duty last season, which included the coveted Boxing Day test.

CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a press release that Cape Town was passed over because they had to allow all of South Africa’s premier test venues to get a slice of the test cake.

Australia will be visiting South Africa in February and March with SuperSport Park, St George’s Park and Newlands being the hosts.

“After the completion of our two test matches against India, we will have a further three tests against Australia. This will allow all of our five premier test match venues to host a five-day match,” Nenzani said.

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