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Update Australia postpone South Africa tour citing health concern

Australia have postponed their tour of South Africa due to the ongoing situation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a consequence of skipping the three-match Test series, Australia's chances of qualifying for the final of the ICC World Test Championship has received a massive push back.

"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 travelling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and community," an official statement from CA's interim CEO Nick Hockley read on Tuesday (February 2) read.

"We acknowledge the significant amount of work by CSA in planning for the tour, during which we made it clear that CA was prepared to take on additional cost and effort to make the series happen.

"This decision has not been made lightly and we are extremely disappointed, especially given the importance of continuing international cricket at this time, our valued relationship with CSA, and our aspirations to compete in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship."

If Australia don't get a shot at playing South Africa in the inaugural cycle of the WTC, New Zealand will secure their spot in the final.

Sri Lanka just completed a two-Test tour to South Africa where the hosts beat the visitors 2-0 that ended earlier last month, while the Pakistan women's team is currently in South Africa as part of a full-fledged limited overs series.


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