After a successful start to his career at the helm of the Australian cricket team, Michael Clarke leads his charges to South Africa this month to battle the Proteas in two Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODI’s) and two Twenty20 Internationals.
FOX SPORTS viewers will see the entire tour commencing on Friday morning (14 October AEDT) with the opening Twenty20 clash from Cape Town.
After two matches in the shortest form the tour moves to a three-match ODI series beginning in Durban on October 19. The Aussies retained their world number one status in the 50-over format with a 3-2 series win over Sri Lanka, while the Proteas have not stepped out in the one-day arena since their ICC World Cup Quarter Final loss to New Zealand in March.
The focus then shifts to the Test arena, where Australia will attempt to emulate the success of their 2009 tour of the Republic when they scored an unlikely 2-1 series victory over the home nation.
This year the two nations will play two Tests, the first at Newlands in Cape Town from November 9-13 and the second at The Wanderers in Johannesburg from November 17-21. FOX SPORTS viewers will see the first session of each day’s play from both Tests in prime time with coverage beginning at 7pm AEDT.
Legendary former Australian Captain and FOX SPORTS analyst Allan Border will be part of the broadcast team in South Africa, providing expert commentary on both Test matches for the FOX SPORTS coverage.
Current Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine will join the FOX SPORTS commentary team, headed by host Brendon Julian and a rotation of leading analysts including Mark Waugh, Damien Fleming and Greg Blewett, to deliver a 30-minute studio preview show prior to each ODI and Test match. The panel will provide analysis and insight at all major breaks in play and will also cross LIVE to South Africa to preview each match with Tom Moody.
Reigning Allan Border Medallist Shane Watson will also appear regularly during FOX SPORTS pre-game coverage to preview the action throughout the ODIs and Test series.
The FOX SPORTS website will be home to live scorecards, statistics and match reports from every match on tour, plus a live blog on each Test match. FOX SPORTS News will also have the tour covered with packages and highlights from every match, plus daily news from the Aussie camp and guest appearances by the FOX SPORTS commentary team.
FOX SPORTS’ LIVE and EXCLUSIVE coverage of Australia’s tour of South Africa is available in High Definition for FOXTEL and AUSTAR subscribers.