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Pink-ball tour match at Adelaide Oval next month


South Africa will play two pink-ball tour matches – including one at Adelaide Oval next month – in the lead-up to their South Australian day-night Test against Australia this summer.

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The visitors will meet a Cricket Australia XI in a day-nighter at the Adelaide Oval on October 22 and 23 – and a South Australian XI at Glenelg’s Gliderol Stadium on October 27 and 28 – ahead of the three-Test series.

They will then meet a Victorian XI in a two-day day-night clash at the MCG on November 17, just a week out from the pink-ball Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

South Africa’s cricketers originally put up stern resistance to the idea of a pink-ball Test being incorporated in their tour.

They are yet to play in such a fixture, and argued a lack of preparation could become a problem in a potentially series-deciding match.

However they changed their stance in June, and these two matches are now likely to be their main preparation for the Adelaide clash.

SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw said in a statement today the October tour matches will be “a great preview for SACA Members and cricket fans ahead of the day-night Test”.

“We’ll have some of the best talent in Australia take on South Africa in a pink-ball preview under lights and we expect great interest in this match,” he said.

“Gliderol Stadium has proved to be a fantastic first-class venue and after the Shield Final earlier this year, it will be great to see our home-grown South Australian talent take on some of the best cricketers in the world.”

The sun sets over the first day-night Test, hosted at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Dave Hunt / AAP

The sun sets over the first day-night Test, hosted at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Dave Hunt / AAP

The Proteas’ preparation will be similar to the one afforded to New Zealand last summer, who were granted a day-night fixture against Western Australia and a one-day pink ball clash with the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on their arrival.

Meanwhile Australian Test players should be available to play in opening-round pink-ball Sheffield Shield matches beginning on October 25.


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