Big Shock For South Africa World  Cup Presence 

South Africa's chances of qualifying automatically for next year's ICC Men's Cricket World Cup

have taken a hit following news the Proteas have withdrawn from January's three-match ODI series in Australia.

The Proteas currently sit precariously in 11th place on the Super League standings, with only the top eight teams qualifying for next year's 50-over tournament in India.

The three-match series in Australia was originally slated to run in mid-January next year, but the Proteas had asked for the games to be rescheduled so the series did not clash with their new domestic T20 league.

"It is disappointing that Cricket South Africa will be unable to contest the ODI series in January," he said.

"We can't wait to see fans back at the cricket this summer."

New dates have been unable to be found, with Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley indicating the upcoming summer of cricket was already too crowded.