Aussies' South Africa tour given boost of hope

Cricket South Africa have assured Australia's tour across February and March will go ahead, despite the impact of COVID-19.

Australia are scheduled to face the Proteas in three Tests, .

ESPNcricinfo have reported the entire series will be played on the Highveld, a region high in mountain land, with the matches to be held at Centurion and the Wanderers.

The report also stated the Irene Country Club will be used as the teams' biosecure base, as was the case for Sri Lanka's recent tour of South Africa.

Australia's scheduled tour has received a boost of hope from Cricket South Africa chairperson Zak Yacoob.

"Australia's tour at this stage is going ahead," Yacoob said.

"I had a chat with the chair of Cricket Australia about a week ago and we agreed that the tour is going to go ahead.

"We agreed that we are going to ensure that our facilities are as good as possible, as good as necessary.

"We also agreed we learn every day, but that is not on the basis that we did anything wrong when England was here, because you know that none of the English were affected. That's the bottom line. They all flew back and that was fine."

England got just halfway through their tour of South Africa in November and December before it was cancelled.

The Poms played three T20s but their three-match one-day international series was cancelled before beginning because two members of their touring party had tested positive to the virus.

Yacoob conceded the ever-changing nature of the pandemic could ruin Australia's tour of South Africa.

"The learning in relation to this virus changes all the time and as it changes things must change," Yacoob said.

"So far there is between the chair of CA and myself no doubt that the series will go ahead, but we have agreed also that the coronavirus is so changing, that we cannot predict what will happen. If things suddenly go down for the worse and we really can't do it and our experts say we can't do it and the other experts say we can't do it, we won't be able to."

Sri Lanka managed to tour South Africa for two Tests without trouble over the Christmas period.

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