Colombo: Cricket South Africa have confirmed a two-Test tour of Sri Lanka In July along with five One-Day Internationals that will provide preparation for next year’s World Cup in England and Wales.
Fresh from home series wins over Bangladesh, India and Australia this season, it will be the sixth time the South African cricket team have toured Sri Lanka, having previously claimed series success in 1993 and 2014.
The first Test will be played in Galle (July 12-16) and the second in Colombo (July 20-24), followed by the five ODIs that start on July 29 in Dambulla. There will also be a single Twenty20 International played in Colombo on August 14.
The original tour schedule had involved three Tests, according to reports, but Sri Lanka Cricket asked for one of these to be replaced by an extended limited overs series that is more commercially viable.
South Africa, No.2 in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Team Rankings for Tests and ODIs, will reach Sri Lanka on 4 July.
Sri Lanka, ranked No.8 on the ODI table, will provide tough competition especially in their backyard.