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Proteas’ plans for ’15 Cup

Cape Town: South Africa will play a minimum of 23 ODIs against five different countries in the lead up to next year’s World Cup, Cricket South Africa said on Monday.

The three-time semi-finalists have had no previous World Cup success and have often failed to seize the crucial moments. In the 2015 World Cup, South Africa have been clubbed in Pool B along with India, the West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and the UAE.

In a bid to boost their preparations for the World Cup, South Africa, who would clash with India on February 22, will play three ODIs in New Zealand in October before playing against Australia in a five-ODI series and three-T20 International series.

“With it being a World Cup year in 2015, we have placed a lot of emphasis on the 50-over format and have tried to maximise our preparations by playing as many matches as possible in conditions that will be similar to those in New Zealand and Australia,” coach Russell Domingo said in a statement on Monday.

The Board also announced six Tests in a six-month period between July and January next year that includes fulfilling a two-match series against Sri Lanka postponed last year.

They will play two Tests and three ODIs in the island nation in July, followed by a single Test in Zimbabwe in August. (Reuters)