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Proteas, Aussies battle it out

Written by Albert Pule

Sport, arts and culture

The Proteas will resume their rivalry against their Australian counterparts in a three match test series followed by three Twenty20 internationals. The six matches will start this month and end on 14 March.

Graeme Smith will lead the South African test team when they meet their old rivals Australia on the field this month.The Proteas will host the Australians following their 1-0 test series win against India on home soil, while Australia completed a onesided 5-0 triumph over England in the Ashes recently.

Following their win over England, Australian opening batsmen David Warner reportedly told reporters that the South African batting line up will be ripe for the picking following the retirement of top batsman Jacques Kallis. Warner’s comments could be seen as a statement of intent and makes for an interesting series.

Test fixtures

12 – 16 February: 1st Sunfoil Test Series, SuperSport Park, Centurion. 
20 – 24 February: 2nd Sunfoil Test Series, Axxess St George’s Cricket Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
1 – 5 March: 3rd Sunfoil Test Series, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town.

T20 fixtures 

9 March: 1st KFC T20 International, Axxess St George’s Cricket Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
12 March: 2nd KFC T20 International, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban.
14 March: 3rd KFC T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion.

Tickets for all the games are available online at www.cricket.ticketpros.co.za