South Africa is all set to host Australia for five ODIs & three T20Is in August 2023 as a replacement for the three-match Test series which was scheduled for March 2021 but had to be postponed due to COVID-19.
The Tests which were a part of the WTC 2019-2021 cycle are now scrapped completely & will be replaced by these eight white-ball matches scheduled keeping in view the preparation for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023.
CSA will not lose any money due to this change of format, in fact, these white ball fixtures will make an equal amount of money for CSA as the three Tests would have, that is why the board has agreed to the change.
South Africa is also slated to travel to Australia late in 2022 for their first Test series since 2008. the three-match Test series will be played in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. They will also play three ODI on their Australia tour as a part of the World Cup Super League. Those ODI fixtures will be played after the completion of the three-match Test series in January 2023, but CSA is concerned that it will clash with its new franchise T20 league and is in negotiations to have the matches played earlier, possibly before the Tests.
Australia & South Africa have last faced each other in the Test series in South Africa in 2018. In the 2021 summer, Australia planned to tour South Africa for three-match Test series. The plans were underway for the series to take place, and CSA had made extensive arrangements to accommodate Australia, but at the last moment Australia had to pull out of the tour citing concerns over the pandemic, leaving CSA “disappointed and frustrated”.
After pulling out of the tour, CA had said that they were looking at August 2023 to reschedule the postponed Test series. But as these matches would not have much relevance as they are not a part of the WTC 2021-2023 cycle, both the boards have decided to replace them with White ball fixtures which will act as a preparatory ground for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 in India.