SA vs AUS: South Africa will play Australia in five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals in August 2023, rather than the three Tests that were scheduled for March 2021 but had to be postponed because of Covid-19.
The Tests, which were crucial for the 2019-2021 World Test Championship cycle, are now expected to be completely abandoned in favor of these eight white-ball games, largely in preparation for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Cricket South Africa is not expected to lose any money as a result of the adjustment. However, because there will be seven fewer days of cricket now, the white-ball matches will generate an identical amount of revenue for CSA as the three Tests, which is why it has agreed to the alteration.
In late 2022, South Africa will travel to Australia for their first Test series since roughly 2008, with three matches scheduled in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. They will also play three One-Day Internationals as part of the World Cup Super League.
Those matches were meant to take place after the Test, in January 2023, but the CSA is concerned that it may interfere with its new franchise T20 league, so the matches will be played before, possibly before the Tests
South Africa & Australia to meet after 2018
Since the Sandpapergate series in South Africa in 2018, South Africa and Australia have not met in a Test match. They’ve since met in three One-Day Internationals in South Africa in March 2020, with the hosts winning 3-0, and at the 2021 T20 World Cup, which Australia won, but three Tests are scheduled for the summer of 2021.
Plans for the series were in the works, and CSA had laid out comprehensive plans to assist Australia. However, due to concerns over the epidemic, they canceled the visit, leaving CSA “disappointed and perplexed.”