Proteas reveal schedule for Zim tour

The Proteas will tour Zimbabwe in August 2014.

Cricket South Africa say the Zimbabwe tour will be the start of the Proteas' buildup to the 2015 World Cup. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas will play one Test match and at least seven One-Day Internationals (ODIs) during their tour to Zimbabwe in August and September this year.

South Africa will arrive in Zimbabwe on 5 August for a month-long tour that will start with a Test match against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on 9 August, and end with a triangular ODI series including Australia.

The Test match will be followed by three ODI matches at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on 17, 19 and 21 August before South Africa and Zimbabwe return to Harare for the triangular ODI series.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat says the tour will signal the start of the Proteas' preparations for the 2015 World Cup.

"It is natural for all the international teams to shortly turn their attention to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the tour to Zimbabwe will trigger our campaign. Leading up to the World Cup, the Proteas will have an intense programme of ODI's against Zimbabwe, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, all away from home, before facing the West Indies in the Momentum ODI Series in South Africa.

"Playing nearly 25 matches in this format, mostly away, will present good opportunity for our team to prepare for the World Cup."