AUS vs SA: Proteas suffer big blow to World Cup qualifications after withdrawing from ODI series against Australia
AUS vs SA: The Proteas’ withdrawal from the three-match ODI series in Australia in January has hurt South Africa’s prospects of securing automatic qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023.
With just the top eight teams earning a spot in the 50-over competition in India the following year, the Proteas now occupy a perilous 11th spot in the Super League standings. The Proteas requested that the games be moved so that the series would not conflict with their new domestic T20 competition. The three-match series in Australia was initially planned to begin in mid-January of the following year.
The 2022 cricket summer already too packed, according to Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley, therefore more dates haven’t able to set.
“It is disappointing that Cricket South Africa will be unable to contest the ODI series in January. That said, we delighted to hosting South Africa for the three-Test series which includes the Boxing Day. And New Year’s Tests and with the comprehensive schedule of international cricket. That will take place across Australia throughout the summer,” said CEO Nick Hockley in a statement.
“This will include the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and a record six touring teams for the Men’s. And Women’s international series as well as the twelfth season of the BBL and the eighth season of the WBBL. We can’t wait to see fans back at the cricket this summer,” he added.
Prior to the end of the Super League season, South Africa has ODI series against England and India scheduled. They may also face the challenge of the Cricket World Cup Qualifier in order to advance to the main event the following year.
With 70 points from 12 games, Australia is presently ninth in the Super League standings. Their next encounter is a three-match series against Zimbabwe that will start at the end of the next month.
For the men’s T20 series against the West Indies and England and the women’s T20 series against Pakistan. Cricket Australia has released a revised international schedule for 2022–2023.
October 7: Men’s T20I vs West Indies, The Gabba, Brisbane | previously Metricon Stadium
October 9: Men’s T20I vs England, Perth Stadium | previously The Gabba
January 26: Women’s T20I v Pakistan, Blundstone Arena | previously Manuka Oval