South Africa Gears Up for Busy Home Summer

Sumant Mandal
3 weeks ago

South Africa Gears Up for Busy Home Summer. South Africa’s cricket fans are in for a treat.

The 2024-25 summer promises a thrilling season packed with international clashes.

But wait, there’s a twist! Mark your calendars for November to January as the Proteas take on Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s men’s teams, along with England’s formidable women’s squad. With a whopping 17 international fixtures, including five high-stakes Tests, this summer is guaranteed to be a nail-biting spectacle.

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But here’s the surprising snag: The iconic Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, known for its electric atmosphere, gets left out for the second summer running!

South Africa's men's team will play four home Tests in the 2024-25 summer  •  AFP/Getty Images
South Africa Gears Up for Busy Home Summer

This has cricket enthusiasts buzzing with questions. What could be the reason behind this unexpected snub? Did the Wanderers fall out of favor with the cricketing authorities?

There’s more to this story! Dive deeper in the next paragraph to find out about the exciting venues that will be hosting these prestigious matches. We’ll also unveil a historic comeback for a particular ground, making this summer even more special.

South Africa on Familiar Turf: A Look at the Venues

South Africa boasts some of the most scenic and electrifying cricket stadiums in the world. This summer, the spotlight will shine on several familiar favorites, along with a venue making a much-anticipated return.

Classic Battlegrounds:

Sri Lanka’s red-ball tour kicks things off, with Durban’s Kingsmead and Gqeberha’s (formerly Port Elizabeth) St George’s Park hosting the Tests. These grounds hold special significance for Sri Lankan fans, as it was here in 2019 that their team clinched their first-ever Test series win on South African soil. Kingsmead, known for its sea breezes and big-hitting potential, promises a thrilling contest. St George’s Park, steeped in history and renowned for its lively atmosphere, is sure to create an electrifying experience.

A Historic Return:

Bloemfontein’s idyllic Mangaung Oval steps back into the Test arena after a seven-year hiatus. Cricket fans from the Free State province will be ecstatic to witness a Test match unfold in their backyard. This venue, last seen hosting Bangladesh in 2017, is known for its balanced pitch that favors both bat and ball, making for a potentially captivating Test encounter.

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