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WI, Australia, S Africa for tri-nation ODI series

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 10:07 PM

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ST JOHN'S, Antigua:

The Caribbean will be the epicentre of the cricket world next June, when two of the world's leading teams visit for a three-nation one-day international (ODI) tournament.

Hosts West Indies will face reigning one-day world champions Australia and current world No.3, South Africa in a 10-match tournament over a three-week period from Wednesday, June 6 to Sunday, June 26.

"This tournament promises to be very exciting with two of the world's top teams coming to the Caribbean," said WICB manager, cricket operations, Roland Holder.

"It will provide a golden opportunity for our team to test themselves against two of the best sides in the world in the ODI format."

The tournament opens with round-robin matches contested at the Guyana National Stadium, before the teams travel to Basseterre in St Kitts for another series of matches at Warner Park, with the series moving to the Barbados capital of Bridgetown for the final round of matches at Kensington Oval, culminating with the final.

"Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil earlier this year and South Africa are highly ranked in this format, but are also the No.1 side in Tests," said Holder. "These two sides have shared some fascinating rivalries not only in the ODI, but other formats of the international game in recent years.

"The regional audience, therefore, will have a rare chance to attend and see this strong rivalry played out before their eyes, so we expect them to pack the three venues and bring the noise and colour associated with the game in the region."

SCHEDULE

June

Wed 6: Australia vs South Africa - Guyana National Stadium, Guyana

Fri 8: West Indies vs South Africa - Guyana National Stadium

Sun 10: West Indies vs Australia - Guyana National Stadium

Mon 13: South Africa vs Australia - Warner Park, St. Kitts

Wed 15: West Indies vs South Africa - Warner Park

Fri 17: West Indies vs Australia - Warner Park

Mon 20: Australia vs South Africa - Kensington Oval, Barbados

Wed 22: West Indies vs South Africa - Kensington Oval

Fri 24: West Indies vs Australia - Kensington Oval

Sun 26: Final - Kensington Oval