Proteas to begin new season with series against Kiwis

Published: Saturday, July 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban:South Africa have postponed their proposed trip to Zimbabwe at the end of this month owing to their players' commitments to English Counties.

That means South Africa will now begin their season with a series against New Zealand, who overpowered them 5-1 in the last One-day series that the two sides played last year.

The tour that involved three One-day Internationals would have provided their newly appointed coach Mickey Arthur a chance to ease himself into international cricket as well as allow the players a chance to familiarise themselves with the new ODI innovations.

Also, the matches against relatively weak opposition would have been ideal for Graeme Smith to serve his two-match ban, after he was pulled up for South Africa's slow over-rate in the West Indies.

"Zimbabwe are now looking to see if they can accommodate us in September for two or three games, whatever we can get," Gerald Majola, the chief executive of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) was quoted as saying in the SuperSport website.

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