CSA releases updated schedule of Indian tour starting on December 26

The South Africa tour comprises 3 Tests and 3 ODIs for now while the T20I series comprising 4 games will be played at a later date.

India are the current holders of the Freedom Trophy after winning the Gandhi-Mandela Test series in 2019; Credit: Twitter/@ChennaiIPL
By Sreejith C R | Dec 7, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Cricket South Africa on Monday released the updated schedule for the upcoming home series against India, which has been pushed back by a week because of the threat of Omicron variant in the Rainbow nation. The tour comprises 3 Tests and 3 ODIs for now while the T20I series comprising 4 games will be played at a later date. The series which was initially supposed to start on December 17, will now begin with the first Test on December 26. The Boxing day Test will be played at the SuperSport Park in  Centurion from December 26 to December 30.

The second Test will be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg from January 3 to January 7 while the third and final Test will take place at the Newlands in Cape Town from January 11 to January 15.

The ODIs will take place after a four-day gap, with the first and second matches of the series to be hosted at Paarl on January 19 and 21 respectively, followed by the final at Cape Town on January 23.

The Test series will form part of the new cycle of the ICC World Test championship, while the ODIs will form part of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League, the qualification tournament for the 2023 ICC Men’s World Cup.

“It is a pleasure for Cricket South Africa (CSA) to confirm the updated schedule for the India men’s tour to South Africa.

“As announced over the weekend, the tour has been reduced from three series to two; the Betway Test and One-Day International series, taking place from 26 December to 23 January 2022 across four venues, following successful engagement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” CSA said in its statement.

The updated schedule is as follows:

DatesFixturesVenues
26-30 December, 20211st WTC vs India SuperSport Park, Centurion
03-07 January, 2022 2nd WTC Test vs India Imperial Wanderers, Joh
11-15 January, 2022 3rd WTC Test vs India Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town
19 January, 2022 1st ODI vs India Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
21 January, 20222nd ODI vs India Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
23 January, 20223rd ODI vs India Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town.

India are currently on top of the ICC Test Rankings

India are currently on top of the ICC Test Rankings after defeating New Zealand 1-0 in the recent home series. After the current World Test champions earned a hard fought draw in the first Test in Kanpur, India bounced back to thrash the Black Caps by a margin of 372 runs in the Mumbai Test and secured the series.

Mayank Agarwal was the Player of the Match in the second Test having scored 150 in the first innings and a half-century in the second. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin deservingly won the Player of the Series recognition.

With the dominant victory, India not only climbed up in the WTC standings but also reached the top of the ICC Test Rankings. The impressive thing about India’s Kanpur win was the performance of the bowlers especially pacer Mohammed Siraj.

The 27-year-old speedster took three early wickets to dismantle the Kiwi batting lineup for just 62 in the first innings. He was impressive with his line and length and pitched the ball up to take wickets in a pitch that offered very little to the fast bowlers.

India’s new head coach Rahul Dravid would be pleased with Siraj’s performance and would be hoping for more of that in the upcoming South Africa series as the wickets in the Rainbow nation would be more suitable for fast bowling. The South Africa tour would be Dravid’s first away series as India coach.





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