• Proteas play Sri Lanka, Windies in CWC warm-ups

    South Africa will face off against Sri Lanka and the West Indies in their two official warm-up matches ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

    The 10  nations that will be participating in the tournament will each play their two warm-up fixtures in a five-day span between 24-28 May.

    As per previous ICC tournaments, the warm-up fixtures will all be 50-over per side, but won’t carry official ODI status, as teams can field all 15-man members of their squad during the encounters.

    ‘It is always a huge milestone announcing an exciting warm-up schedule for the Cricket World Cup, as it really highlights just how close we are to the action getting under way this summer.’ said ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 managing director, Steve Elworthy.

    ‘These games provide another fantastic opportunity for fans to see world-class players at their local venue, and allows the tournament to engage local schools and communities with another chance to get involved with the Cricket World Cup.’

    The Proteas will kick off their bid to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign against host country England on 30 May before facing each of the other nine participating countries in a single round of matches – as was the case in the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    The top four teams will then progress to the semi-finals before Lord’s plays host to its fifth World Cup final on 14 July.

    ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 warm-up fixtures

    Friday, 24 May 
    Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Bristol County Ground
    Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Cardiff Wales Stadium
    Saturday, 25 May 
    England vs Australia, Hampshire Bowl
    India vs New Zealand, The Oval
    Sunday, 26 May
    South Africa
    vs Windies, Bristol County Ground
    Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Cardiff Wales Stadium
    Monday, 27 May
    Australia vs Sri Lanka, Hampshire Bowl
    England vs Afghanistan, The Oval
    Tuesday, 28 May
    Windies vs New Zealand, Bristol County Ground
    Bangladesh vs India, Cardiff Wales Stadium

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