Zimbabwe makes its first appearance for a one-day international series in the country since 2004 therefore Australia has an early start to its summer season of cricket.

In seven days beginning Sunday the teams will play three ODIs, in the tropical north Queensland city of Townsville with the remaining two matches in the series set for Wednesday and next Saturday.

10,000-seat Riverway Stadium will be the venue for the day matches.

It is expected that the Australia all rounder Marnus Labuschagne to play a pivotal role in the matches for the team.

All rounder Marnus Labuschagne in his five innings, he played three times at the stadium and the right-handed scored 337 runs at an average of 84.25.

“The ground’s great. I don’t think I’ve lost here yet, I’ve got three wins from three games,” Labuschagne told the Cricket Australia website at the launch of the series.

“We (Queensland state ) played here last year and the track was quite good. It did a little bit early but it was actually really good for the spinners.” Australia has two spinners in its squad, with Ashton Agar returning from a side injury he sustained in Sri Lanka and Adam Zampa returning to the squad following the birth of his first child, Eugene.

Before the 2023 ODI World Cup in India, sunday’s match will be the first of 17 one-day internationals for Australia.


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