Published: Tue, February 02, 2021
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South Africa hit out at Australia over decision to cancel cricket tour

South Africa hit out at Australia over decision to cancel cricket tour

Ken Williamson and his cricketers made sure to participate in the World Test Championship final in the United Kingdom in June after the three-Test Australian Cricket Tour was postponed in South Africa on Tuesday.

Australia postponed their Test cricket tour to South Africa on Tuesday due to the "unacceptable" risk to players with the coronavirus rampant in the country.

Australia had toured England in August-September a year ago for a set of ODIs and T20Is, when the Covid-19 numbers in England were low, before some of their players went to the UAE to take part in the IPL.

"Due to the public health situation in South Africa, which includes a second wave and a new variant of the virus, and following extensive due diligence with medical experts, it has become clear that traveling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and the community", said Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia's interim CEO.

India, England and Australia can join them in the match at Lord's, though the latter will be relying on results between the other two sides during their four-Test series across February and March.

Hockley said the plan was to reschedule the series against South Africa for a later date. "CSA worked hard to meet the changing demands of our Australian counterparts", the statement read.

Connellan said the player body would work with CA and CSA in "exploring new options for this series to be rescheduled".

"CSA has been working tirelessly in recent weeks to ensure that we meet every single expectation of CA".

The Aussies were scheduled to play a three-match Test series later this month.

South Africa later hosted and won a two-test series against Sri Lanka which ended on January 5 in Johannesburg.

"We are extremely disappointed by the decision of CA", Smith said in a statement.

'The protocols we had proposed to CA were unprecedented. While India and New Zealand are the first and second teams in the ICC WTC standings, Australia had a chance to qualify for the summit clash had their tour of South Africa gone ahead. "We subsequently agreed to two separate BSEs and had granted Australia full and exclusive use of the Irene Country Lodge, which we shared with Sri Lanka, with a minimum staff present on site", he said.

South Africa also had to deal with a cancellation in early December when England withdrew from the ODI portion of its tour after a virus outbreak at the supposedly bio-secure Cape Town hotel where both teams were staying.

The decision also means that Australia's bid to feature in the WTC final has been virtually closed.

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