South Africa’s tour to Sri Lanka to Play ODIs, one-off T20I
South Africa’s three-Test tour of Sri Lanka in August 2018 has been reworked into a two-Test series accompanied by a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20I, both Cricket South Africa and Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed through a release on Wednesday (April 4).
The revised tour will begin with the Test series first, with the two games scheduled in Galle and Colombo from July 12 and July 20 respectively.
“This will be a very important tour for us,” said CSA’s acting CEO Thabang Moroe. “We have a lot of exciting, young players coming into our side in all three formats and, with so much of our international cricket being played on the subcontinent these days it is important they get used to those conditions as soon as possible.
“Many of them have played very little cricket over there and indeed some none at all. For instance, we can look forward with tremendous anticipation to the performances of our leading Test match spinner, Keshav Maharaj, who has yet to play a Test on the subcontinent,” he added.
The ODI series begins in Dambulla on July 29 while the tour will conclude with a solitary day-night T20I fixture on August 14.
“The ODI series forms an important part of our team preparation for next year’s 2019 ICC World Cup in England,” Moroe noted. “Sri Lanka have always provided very tough opposition under their home conditions and I am sure this tour will be no exception. We are all looking forward to some very competitive cricket,” he concluded.
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