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SA to play Australia at Gabba

2012-07-19 07:48

Melbourne - South Africa will play its first cricket Test at Brisbane's Gabba ground in nearly 50 years when the Proteas take on Australia in the opener of a three-Test series beginning November 9, part of a 2012-13 home schedule that also includes Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Cricket Australia said on Thursday that the second South Africa Test will be from November 22-26 at the Adelaide Oval, followed by the third from November 30 - December 4 at the WACA Ground in Perth.

In the last Australia-South Africa test played at the Gabba in December 1963, a Richie Benaud-led Australia drew with a South Africa team featuring six debutantes including left-handed batting ace Graeme Pollock. That match was also known for being Ian Meckiff's last after he was no-balled for throwing four times in his only over.

South Africa beat Australia 2-1 when they last toured in 2008-09, and drew 1-1 with Michael Clarke's side when they met in a two-match series last year in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Proteas can go No 1 in the Test rankings if they beat England in a three-test series starting Thursday in Britain.

Sri Lanka will play three Tests against Australia - December 14-18 in Hobart, the traditional Boxing Day match from Dec. 26-30 in Melbourne and from January 3-7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

If former captain Ricky Ponting plays all three Tests against South Africa, he will equal Steve Waugh as Australia's most-capped Test cricketer, and Ponting would then move ahead at his home ground at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Waugh, a now-retired former captain, played 168 Tests for Australia while Ponting has played 165.

Australia's summer season continues with five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka in January, followed by five ODIs and one Twenty20 match against the West Indies in February.

The Australian 2012-2013 summer cricket schedule released Thursday, including tours by South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies:

Test Series

November

9-13: Australia v South Africa at Brisbane

22-26: Australia v South Africa at Adelaide

30-4: Australia v South Africa at Perth

December

14-18: Australia v Sri Lanka at Hobart

26-30: Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne

January

3-7: Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney

One-dayers

January

11: Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne

13: Australia v Sri Lanka at Adelaide

18: Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane

20: Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney

23: Australia v Sri Lanka at Hobart

February

1: Australia v West Indies at Perth

3: Australia v West Indies at Perth

6: Australia v West Indies at Canberra

8: Australia v West Indies at Sydney

10: Australia v West Indies at Melbourne

Twenty20s

January

26: Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney

28: Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne

February

13: Australia v West Indies at Brisbane

AP