Australia looking at 2023 window for postponed South Africa Test series


Nick Hockley said the relationship with CSA is “very strong” despite the pullout earlier this year

Cricket Australia is hopeful they have found a window to play their postponed Test series against South Africa in 2023.

The series was originally scheduled for March of this year but Australia pulled out amid concerns over the biosecurity plans which led to an angry reaction from Cricket South Africa.

Nick Hockley, the CA chief executive, said the relationship with CSA was now “very strong” as they looked to find space in the calendar.

“As we said at the time when we were very disappointed and I know our players were extremely, extremely disappointed not to be able to go to South Africa, so we’re pleased that we’ve been able to find a window in 2023 to reschedule,” Hockley said after CA’s AGM on Thursday.

South Africa had originally been scheduled to tour Australia in the 2021-22 season for white-ball matches but that was postponed due to being unable to fit the required quarantine periods into the calendar.

Australia have played very little Test cricket since the pandemic struck with just the four home matches against India last season and have not had an away series since the 2019 Ashes. Along with the South Africa series, a tour to Bangladesh was also postponed early in the pandemic.

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