It means that South Africa willl de facto loose the series 3-0. Their record in ODI Super League hasn’t been great so it has pushed them close to being denied direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup in India. They were already at number 11 in the table with just four wins from 13 matches.
Following the announcement of its new T20 league starting in January, in the previous month CSA requested CA to postpone the series, which was to be held after three Test matches. However, with no window found in the crowded calendar, the matches have been cancelled.
A Cricket Australia statement said, “Given that these games will not be played before the qualification cut-off date in May, CSA has agreed that Australia will be awarded competition points for ICC approval.”
The paved off series will allow Australian players to participate in Big Bash League 2022 which was happening parallel to the hosting South Africa.
While Australia’s Test stars will still be absent for the first half of the tournament, who would normally also play ODIs, they will now have more availability and white-ball players, such as Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa. , will not be withdrawn from BBL for a period of 10 days.
CA have made adjustments to the international schedule elsewhere to compensate Hobart – whose only international game of the season was due to take place during the trip to South Africa.
The second men’s T20I against West Indies on 7 October will now be played at the Gabba instead of the Metricon Stadium, on 9 October the first T20I against England will be played in Perth instead of Brisbane.
Hobart will now stage the second Women’s T20 International against Pakistan which was originally scheduled for Canberra on 26 January.
T20I series vs West Indies
October 5: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (N)
October 7: The Gabba, Brisbane (N)
T20I series vs England
October 9: Perth Stadium, Perth
October 12: Manuka Oval, Canberra (N)
October 14: Manuka Oval, Canberra (N)
T20I series vs Pakistan
January 24: North Sydney Oval, Sydney
January 26: Blundstone Arena, Hobart (N)
January 29: Manuka Oval, Canberra