Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Barclays Singapore Open, Co-Sanctioned, 10-13 November, Singapore
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
England vs Spain, Saturday 12th November, 19:15, Wembley
Monday, 7 November 2011
South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, 9th-13th November, Newlands
The stage is finally set for the world-class showdown that this short test series will no doubt prove to be. There being only two test matches between these two teams feels a bit like the ICC is taking from the already pauper pockets of test cricket, and giving to the already swelling pockets of Indian T20 cricket, in the form of the Champions League, and even the extended calendar of the IPL. However, I am not here to talk finance and the state of the game. This only holds relevance because of the state that it leaves the South African team, light on first-class action and time in the middle. The Australians have only played one more test series than the South Africans (who have played none yet in 2011), but many of their players have had time out in the middle at first-class level in the Sheffield Shield. The focus for South African players has been solely limited-overs cricket this whole year, and this may prove to be the difference between the two teams when they battle it out at Newlands on this week.
South Africa vs Australia Series Preview