16 October 2011 by Roy Barford

South Africa vs Australia cricket: Exciting ODI series ahead

Australia’s cricket tour of South Africa continues on Wednesday, with the 1st One Day International at SuperSport Park Centurion in Pretoria.

South Africa and Australia won a game each in the 2 match T20 series, with the Proteas pulling off an amazing 3-wicket victory at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. Rusty Theron (30 from 16 balls) and Wayne Parnell (29 from 11 balls) put on 64 for the 8th wicket to produce a most unlikely result, after the Proteas’s top order had largely failed to deliver.

The 3 ODI matches ahead have much promise, and while there have been complaints that the series is too short, given the quality of the 2 teams, spectators can only make the most of each opportunity to enjoy some fantastic cricket in some of the world’s most scenic stadiums.

Wednesday’s 50-over-a-side clash will be the start of a new era for both teams, following premature exits from the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup in India. Let’s just hope the weather plays it part though - the South African Weather Service website currently predicts a 40% chance of thundershowers on the day.

If you are staying in Johannesburg, the easiest way to get to SuperSport Park Cenuturion is to take the Gautrain from Sandton to Centurion. Play starts at 2.30pm, so you’d want to leave Sandton by 12.30pm at the latest.

Contact cricket South Africa by phoning +27 (0)11 880 2810 if you have any queries about Wednesday’s match. Get a detailed list of fixtures from the ESPN CricInfo website.

The above photo of SuperSport Park Centurion is courtesy Francois Betser

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