Australian cricket is returning home after three unsuccessful tours and one international scandal.
South Africa is set to pay a visit for a three-match ODI series. The Proteas will have to clear customs on their way in, with anything even mildly resembling an abrasive to be confiscated.
Australia returns home having experienced Test defeats to South Africa and Pakistan, white-ball ducks to England and Pakistan, and a T20 tri-series defeat.
There was much unruliness of the parts of players and fans when Australia was in South Africa and it remains to be seen what sort of reception the Proteas will receive, but cordiality is hopefully the order of the day.
Aaron Finch has supplanted Tim Paine as the captain of the ODI format, which the selectors deciding that Paine is best left to focus on Test cricket.
One big appeal of the series is that spectators will witness a showdown of the best quicks in the world, or at least, the fastest quicks in the world.
Australia will have at its disposal Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins and Mitch Starc, while Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will be available for Proteas’ captain Faf du Plessis.
The two countries have played 50-over cricket against one another 95 times, with Australia winning 47 to South Africa’s 45. The two have tied on three occasions.
The first of the three games will be Sunday November 4 at Perth Stadium. Game two will be at the Adelaide Oval on November 9 and the final will be in Hobart on November 11.
How nice and refreshing it would be if Australia can make the game in Hobart a dead rubber in its favour, but realistically, even one win or a draw would represent a rise in fortunes, even to those with the most optimistic outlook for Australian cricket.