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ODIs for starters on India's big South Africa tour

According to the schedule released yesterday by Cricket South Africa, India will commence their tour with a T20 tour match against an SA Invitation XI at Potchefstroom on November 18 to gear up for the two-match T20 international series slated for November 21 and 24.

The visitors will then shift focus to the best-of-seven ODI rubber, to be held between November 27 and December 15. The three-Test series gets underway thereafter from Dec 26. The Tests will be played at Kingsmead (Durban), Sahara Park Newlands (Capetown) and the Wanderers (Johannesburg). They will play two two-day warm-up games before the Test series.

On the last tour of South Africa in 2010-11, the ODI series was held after the Test series. India had drawn the Test series but lost 3-2 in the shorter format of the game. However on the 2006-07 tour, the ODIs preceded the Tests in a South African season where India lost both contests.

South Africa will take on Australia in a three-Test series after the conclusion of the Indian tour. The Australia visit is set to conclude on March 14 with a T20 International before the two teams fly to Bangladesh for the ICC World Twenty20 championship commencing on March 16, CSA announced. “It promises to be a wonderful summer of hotly contested international cricket,” said CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah.

Detailed itinerary
> Nov 18: T20 tour match, India v SA Invitation XI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom (D/N).
> Nov 21: 1st T20 International, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (D/N) Nov 24: 2nd T20 International, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town (Day).
> Nov 27: 1st ODI, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban (D/N) Nov 30: 2nd ODI, Axxess St. George's, Port Elizabeth (Day) Dec 3: 3rd ODI, Buffalo Park, East London (D/N) Dec 6: 4th ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N) Dec 8: 5th ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day) Dec 12: 6th ODI, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein (D/N) Dec 15: 7th ODI, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town (Day)
> Dec 18-19: India v SA Invitation XI, Boland Park, Paarl Dec 22-23: India v SA Invitation XI, The Oval, Pietermaritzburg Dec 26-30: 1st Test, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban Jan 2-6, 2014: 2nd Test, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town Jan 15-19: 3rd Test, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. 

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