Australia keen to reschedule South Africa tour ‘as soon as possible’


Australia are keen to reschedule its tour to South Africa, but only if the health situation in the country and the already packed calendar allows.

This is according to Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley.

Australia were scheduled for a three-Test tour of South Africa and Australia in March-April, but decided against honouring the arrangement over the “unacceptable level of health and safety risk to players, support staff and the community”.

The move angered their South African counterparts, who had already hosted a successful tour of Sri Lanka, and toured Pakistan in recent month.

They had also incurred significant costs in meeting every one of Australia’s safety demands, a situation which saw Cricket South Africa contact the ICC over the matter.

‘In the middle of constructive discussions’

However, on Tuesday, Hockly said the “first step” had been taken to repair the relationship with CSA.

“We would like to reschedule it as soon as possible, providing it is safe to do so, and there is time available in the calendar,” he told Nine Network-owned newspapers as reported by IOL.

“Now, that’s not a simple task. Through the pandemic and quarantine periods, there is a lot of cricket that has been rescheduled.

“But we’re right in the middle of constructive discussions and hopefully those discussions will be resolved soon.”

Touring South Africa is not the only series Australia have pulled out of in the recent past. A Test Tour to Bangladesh, white-ball tours to New Zealand and Zimbabwe, as well as a home Test against Afghanistan, have all been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nevertheless, Australia managed to tour England where some white-ball matches were played, as well as hosting India in a money-spinning four Tests and two white-ball series during their home summer.

Earlier, CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith urged the ICC to grant the smaller nations, outside of India, Austalia and England, their fair share of Test tours.