Proteas

SA v Oz in Zimbabwe

Proteas celebrate (Gallo Images)
Proteas celebrate (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Proteas will play one Test match and at least seven One-Day Internationals (ODIs) during their tour to Zimbabwe in August and September.

The full itinerary was announced by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on Thursday.

South Africa will arrive in Zimbabwe on August 5, for a month-long tour that will end with a triangular ODI series also involving Australia.

The Proteas' tour will start with a Test match against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on August 9.

The Test match will be followed by three ODI matches at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on August 17, 19 and 21 before South Africa and Zimbabwe return to the capital for a triangular ODI series with Australia.

All the matches of the triangular series are at Harare Sports Club, with the first between Zimbabwe and Australia scheduled for August 25.

“It is natural for all the international teams to shortly turn their attention to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the tour to Zimbabwe will trigger our campaign,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

“Leading up to the World Cup, the Proteas will have an intense programme of ODIs against Zimbabwe, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, all away from home, before facing the West Indies in the Momentum ODI Series in South Africa.

“Playing nearly 25 matches in this format, mostly away, will present good opportunity for our team to prepare for the World Cup,” concluded Lorgat.

Schedule:

Zimbabwe v South Africa:

1st Test: Zimbabwe v SA - August 9-13, Harare

1st ODI: Zimbabwe v SA - August 17, Bulawayo
2nd ODI: Zimbabwe v SA - August 19,  Bulawayo
3rd ODI: Zimbabwe v SA - August 22, Bulawayo

ODI series involving Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia:

1st ODI: Zimbabwe v Australia - August 26, Harare
2nd ODI: South Africa v Australia - August 28, Harare
3rd ODI: Zimbabwe v South Africa - August 30, Harare
4th ODI: Zimbabwe v Australia - September 1, Harare
5th ODI: South Africa v Australia - September 3, Harare
6th ODI: Zimbabwe v South Africa - September 5, Hahare
Final: TBA v TBA - September 7, Harare

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