South Africa will go to Zimbabwe in August for a month-long tour that incorporates one Test and a triangular ODI series emphasizing Australia, who last played in Zimbabwe 10 years back. The only test will be played at Harare Sports Club starting, August 9 and the 3 ODIs will be played at Bulwayo. Just after that series Zimbabwe and South Africa will join to Australia at Harare for the Tri-Series which is scheduled to begin on August 25. Zimbabwe have not played any kind of International match since last September, there last historical series was against Pakistan just after that Zimbabwe cricket scene has been totally changed they are more passionate. On the other side Zimbabwe Cricket had been called off a proposed visit by Sri Lanka last year due to lack of funds.
Willfred Mukondiwa, the managing director of Zimbabwe Cricket said:
”We are really excited to have the opportunity to host two strong sides like Australia and South Africa at the same time, Our players need the high-level competition the two teams will provide, and our fans will enjoy watching the matches.”
Well, on the other side Australia’s David Warner to miss Zimbabwe Tri-Series as he and his wife Flancee Candice Falzon prepare for the birth of their first child.
Warner wrote a column for his website that is ” Batteries are slowly Draining” He said he want to enjoy more time with his wife because this is our first child.
”Candice and I have our baby coming in September, so it’s fantastic to be able to have that time off,
Since Darren Lehmann came on board as coach he’s told us all that family comes first, and that’s a big thing because we’re on the road for a long time. So that any time a major personal matter crops up – whether it’s a family member being sick, getting married or having a baby – the exemption is there for you.”
”With the World Cup coming up next year and the fact that it’s an ODI Tri-Series in Zimbabwe, I would normally immediately put my hand up for selection. That’s because playing for Australia is what I’ve always wanted to do since I was a youngster and you never want to miss an opportunity. But that’s what happens in life – you settle down, you get married and you have children.”
Lehmann said Cricket Australia backed Warner’s decision to skip the tour. ”‘We are 100% supportive of David choosing to stay home and await the birth of his first baby, it is an important time in anyone’s life and I am a firm believer that family comes first.” Anyways, Warner’s focus will be to be ready for Australia’s series against Pakistan in the UAE in October.
South Africa vs Zimbabwe Schedule:
August 9-13: 1st Test, Zimbabwe v South Africa Harare
August 17, 1st ODI, Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulwayo
August 19, 2nd ODI, Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulwayo
August 21, 3rd ODI, Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulwayo
- August 26, 1st ODI, Zimbabwe v Australia, Harare
- August 28, 2nd ODI, South Africa v Australia, Harare
- August 30, 3rd ODI, Zimbabwe v South Africa, Harare
- September 1, 4th ODI, Zimbabwe v Australia, Harare
- September 3, 5th ODI, South Africa v Australia, Harare
- September 5, 6th ODI, Zimbabwe v South Africa, Harare
- September 7, Final, Harare
By: Mohammad FurQan Bhatti
Writer is University student and Sports Journalist based in Pakistan