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9 Oct 2021
Cricket South Africa director, Graeme Smith has announced the pending Australia and England tours in the Rainbow Nation will be scheduled in the latter half of 2023.
According to Smith, Australia would be touring in August while the English would play during the months of February and March. Both series were earlier postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. "England, I think, is around Feb-March next year and then Australia is in August 2023 to replace the [Test series postponed in 2021]. That will be announced sometime soon," Smith said after SA’s win over India.
The national team will host Australia for a Test series while the England series will be a white ball event.
Smith agreed that the rejig will be a logistical nightmare given the Indian Premier League and the number of ICC tournaments that have been fit in the current cycle. He stated that in a bio-bubble environment, the key priority will be to manage the workload of the players.
South Africa are in a two month long bio-bubble against India and then they will go onto play New Zealand, Bangladesh, England before going into the T20 World Cup.