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by John Pennington Monday 16 June 2014
Canberra's Manuka Oval is set to host a One-Day International between Australia and South Africa on 19th November as international cricket returns to Australia's capital.
ODIs in Canberrra
1992: South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets
2008: Sri Lanka beat India by 8 wickets
2013: Australia beat the West Indies by 39 runs
19th November 2014: Australia v South Africa
18th February 2015: Afghanistan v Bangladesh
24th February 2015: West Indies v Zimbabwe
3rd March 2015: Pakistan v South Africa
The news follows significant work done to upgrade the stadium and the continuation of a partnership between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government.
"This is exciting news for Canberra cricket fans, and another step in affirming Manuka Oval’s credentials as a venue for international cricket," CA chief executive James Sutherland said."We are pleased to be working in partnership with the ACT Government, and I thank the Government and in particular Minister Barr for his hard work in securing this match, and for his support for cricket in the ACT more generally."The Centenary of Canberra ODI in February last year was a great success with a sell-out crowd, and I’m sure that November’s match against a strong South Africa will be no different."Cricket Australia looks forward to continuing to work with the ACT Government and Cricket ACT for the continued growth of cricket in the ACT and the broader region," he added.
The game will be just the second ODI involving Australia's men to be played at the ground, and the upgrades have boosted the venue's capacity to 15,000.
"It’s fantastic to see the Australian cricket team returning to Canberra after the sell-out match last year,” ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr said."Significant upgrades including broadcast lights, resurfacing and new stands have made this possible and is part of our plan to make Manuka Oval the best boutique sporting venue in the country."This ODI will form a huge summer of sport in Canberra that includes a netball test, Asian Cup soccer and the ICC Cricket World Cup.
"These events will not only be popular with Canberrans, but they will drive visitation and provide a boost to our tourism industry."
The ground is also scheduled to host three matches during the 2015 World Cup.
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