• Big tours on the way for Proteas

    The Proteas will face New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and Ireland as part of a bumper 2016/17 international season.

    Cricket South Africa announced the fixtures on Tuesday.

    With the past August month having proved successful in hosting international cricket, the 2016/17 season will again make an early start with two Test matches against New Zealand in the second half of August 2016. This will be followed by a five-match ODI Series against Australia from the end of September to the middle of October 2016.

    This series will be preceded by the visit of Ireland who will play one ODI each against the Proteas and Australia.

    Sri Lanka will be the guests of CSA for the traditional December 2016 to January 2017 part of the season and will oppose the Proteas in three Test matches, five Momentum ODIs and three T20 International matches.

    In between the visits by Australia and Sri Lanka the Proteas will go down under for a Test series against Australia and, after the Sri Lankan tour, they will visit New Zealand for a full tour in February and March.

    ‘Test cricket will remain the main focus for our world No 1 ranked team and I am pleased the ICC has increased the total Test rankings prize money to $US 1.8 million,’ commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

    ‘Our team will no doubt have a keen eye on ODI cricket too as the major ICC event in 2017 is the Champions Trophy to be played in England in mid-2017. By announcing the fixtures early we are creating time for our most loyal fans to make their holiday plans to follow the team.’

    South Africa’s home international fixture list for 2016/17:
    New Zealand Tour 2016
    August 19-23: 1st Test, Kingsmead;
    August 27-31:  2nd Test, SuperSport Park.

    Ireland Tour 2016
    September 25: ODI vs South Africa, Sahara Park Willowmoore;
    September 27: ODI vs Australia, Sahara Park Willowmoore.

    Australia Tour 2016
    September 30: 1st ODI, SuperSport Park;
    October 2: 2nd ODI, Wanderers;
    October 5: 3rd ODI, Kingsmead;
    October 9:  4th ODI, St. George’s Park;
    October 12: 5th  ODI, Newlands.

    Sri Lanka Tour 2016/17
    December 8-10: Three-Day Tour match, SA Invitation XI, Senwes Park;
    December 15-19: 1st Test, Wanderers;
    December 26-30: 2nd Test, St. George’s Park;
    January 2-6: 3rd Test, Newlands;
    January 10: 1st T20I, Newlands;
    January 13: 2nd T20I, SuperSport Park;
    January 15: 3rd T20I, Wanderers;
    January 20: 1st ODI, Kingsmead;
    January 22: 2nd ODI, St. George’s Park;
    January 27: 3rd ODI, Newlands;
    January 29: 4th ODI, Wanderers;
    February 3: 5th ODI, SuperSport Park.

    CSA will in due course announce the Proteas tour to Australia during November 2016 for the Test series.

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