Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:22:31 GMT | By AP

South Africa to play Australia at The Gabba

Melbourne: South Africa will play their first Test at Brisbane's The Gabba ground in nearly 50 years when they take on Australia in the opener of a three-Test series beginning November 9, part of a 2012-13 home schedule that also includes Sri Lanka and West Indies.


South Africa to play Australia at The Gabba

Cricket Australia said on Thursday that the second South Africa Test will be from November 22-26 at the Adelaide Oval, followed by the third from November 30 to December 4 at the WACA Ground in Perth.

In the last Australia-South Africa Test played at The Gabba in December 1963, a Richie Benaud-led Australia drew with a South Africa team featuring six debutants, including left-handed batting ace Graeme Pollock. That match was also known for being Ian Meckiff's last after he was no-balled for throwing four times in his only over.

South Africa beat Australia 2-1 when they last toured in 2008-09, and drew 1-1 with Michael Clarke's side when they met in a two-match series last year in Cape Town and Johannesburg. South Africa can go No. 1 in the Test rankings if they beat England in a three-Test series starting on Thursday in Britain.

Sri Lanka will play three Tests against Australia -- December 14-18 in Hobart, the traditional Boxing Day match from December 26-30 in Melbourne and from January 3-7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

If former captain Ricky Ponting plays all three Tests against South Africa, he will equal Steve Waugh as Australia's most-capped Test cricketer, and Ponting would then move ahead at his home ground at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Waugh, a now-retired former captain, played 168 Tests for Australia while Ponting has played 165.

Australia's summer season continues with five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka in January, followed by five ODIs and one Twenty20 match against the West Indies in February.

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