South Africa tours Australia for three test matches
Two giants in the test cricket world will meet later this week in the first of three matches, as South Africa kicks off its tour against Australia.
The first match of the tour for the Proteas brings them to the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloongabba, Queensland. The match is set for November 8, at 7 p.m. EST. It will go through November 12.
After this, the two sides will reconvene for the second test match, which takes place at the Adelaide Oval in South Australia. The first day of the second test starts at 7 p.m. EST on November 21. This will continue until the final innings are played on November 25.
The third test begins on November 29, at 9:30 p.m. EST. It takes place at the Western Australia Cricket Association ground in Perth. The match will have its final innings on December 3.
Currently, The ICC Test Ranking has South Africa in first place with a rating of 120. Australia is in third place, with a rating of 116. This is only one point behind England for second.
Sides share long test history
Australia and South Africa met several times in the past, as both toured extensively. The last time the two met was in 2011, with two test matches. The two countries split the meetings.
The first time the countries met in a test series was in 1902, with Australia taking the second and third tests, after a draw during the first meeting. Recent history in the fixture favored the Baggy Greens, as they won seven of the past nine test series against South Africa. However, with the latest draw, the last time the Proteas earned a win was in 2008-09, with a 2-1 series victory. That year, South Africa toured Australia, winning in Perth and Melbourne, with a loss to close out the series in Sydney.
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