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Australia to play four-Test series in South Africa in 2018

Both teams are set to resume their rivalry in 2018
Both teams are set to resume their rivalry in 2018
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced the fixtures for the home Test series featuring Australia for the 2017-18 season.

This will also be the first time South Africa will host Australia in a four-match Test series since readmission and will be played between 1st March and 3rd April next year.

The Proteas have never managed to beat Australia in a home Test series ever since their readmission and overall they have played 50 Tests between them in South Africa with the visitors winning 28 of it.

In the last seven series between the two teams in 20 years, Australia have managed to win five of it with two ending in a draw.

Australia will open the series with a tour game against South Africa Invitational XI in Benoni between 22nd and 24th February following which they move to Durban for the first Test on 1st March.

The second and third Tests will be played on 9th and 22nd March in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town respectively and the series will come to an end with the final game in Johannesburg on 30th March.

CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat believes back-to-back home series against India and Australia will be delight for the spectators as South Africa look to reclaim the number one ranking in Tests.

"Test match cricket between Australia and South Africa has always produced epic battles and brought out high-class individual performances that have become part of the annals of the game.

"Australia are currently the No. 2 ranked team on the ICC Test table and we will need to beat them and India to regain our place at the top of the table.

"With this series being played straight after the tour by India our Proteas and fans can look forward to what will be one of the most challenging seasons of Test match cricket we have ever witnessed in South Africa."

The previous series between the two teams in South Africa was in 2014 and it was Australia, who played spoilsport to Graeme Smith's farewell with a 2-1 victory.

Fixtures for Test series:

1st March - First Test in Durban
9th March - Second Test in Port Elizabeth
22nd March - Third Test in Cape Town
30th March - Fourth Test in Johannesburg

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