It's understood that Canberra has been given the all-clear to host a match between two of world cricket's heavyweights in mid-November as part of a five-game ODI series.

It's understood that Canberra has been given the all-clear to host a match between two of world cricket's heavyweights in mid-November as part of a five-game ODI series.

The Australian cricket team will return to Canberra for the second time in less than two years when it plays South Africa in a one-day international at Manuka Oval in November.

The international cricket fixture will be the jewel in the crown of a jam-packed five-month sporting schedule for Canberra, which includes a netball Test, Asian Cup soccer, a potential Big Bash League game, the cricket World Cup and a mooted Anzac cricket match.

It's understood that Canberra has been given the all-clear to host a match between two of world cricket's heavyweights in mid-November as part of a five-game ODI series.

South Africa hasn't played a game in Canberra since 1997 and Australia has only played in the capital once in Canberra's 101 years.

It puts Manuka Oval a step closer to becoming a regular venue on the Cricket Australia rotation after hosting Australia and the West Indies as part of the centenary celebrations last year with a sell-out crowd of 11,548 attending.

The ground is getting continual upgrades and is pushing for a Test match and Cricket ACT hopes it will help the bid for a Big Bash League team in Canberra.

South Africa will play Ireland in Canberra in their World Cup game on March 3. It's believed South Africa may have requested a game at Manuka Oval to help its build-up to the World Cup. There will be three World Cup games in Canberra.

After a smorgasbord of sport in 2013 - including international cricket, rugby league, netball, golf and rugby union - there has been a drop-off in big-ticket sporting attractions.

Landing the Australia-South Africa match is a sign the ACT government is willing to continue investing in sporting fixtures and it's believed the government, Cricket Australia and New Zealand officials are locked in negotiations about an Anzac cricket match to celebrate the Anzac centenary.

Canberra Stadium will host seven Asian Cup matches in January, including a quarter-final.

Cricket ACT chairman Ian McNamee confirmed talks have been held with Cricket Australia and the ACT government about luring more games to Manuka this summer.

It is understood Sydney Thunder, which has a sponsorship deal with the University of Canberra, has commited to playing a practice match or a fully-fledged Big Bash League game in Canberra. 

Talks have also taken place about luring Australian women's team, Southern Stars, the Twenty20 and 50-over world champions, to the capital.  

''Already we've got four games on with the Prime Minister's XI and the three [World Cup] one dayers, and there has been discussions taking place about getting additional games here,''' McNamee said.

''If it did happen, it would have to be an endorsement of what we've put on in the past, with the last one-day international [against West Indies].

''It was a roaring success and with that in mind I'm not at all surprised Canberra would be considered for another game.

''There's a telephone link-up with the chairs of all the states next Tuesday, we're very much in the loop and part of the discussions.'' 

It is believed Cricket Australia plans to announce its international and domestic schedule within a month. 

''The details of the 2014-15 international and domestic cricket schedule remain a work in progress. We will announce its contents in due course,''' a CA spokeperson said on Saturday. 

Manuka Oval is in the midst $35 million renovation, due by the end of the decade.

The latest upgrade completed in January involved resurfacing the ground, and increasing the venue's capacity to more than 15,000.

CANBERRA'S BUMPER SUMMER

October: Netball Test - Australia v England

November: Cricket ODI - Australia v South Africa

December: Cricket Big Bash - Sydney Thunder *

January: Cricket - Prime Minister's XI

January 10: Asian Cup - Korea Republic v Oman

January 11: Asian Cup - UAE v Qatar

January 13: Asian Cup - Kuwait v Korea DPR

January 15: Asian Cup - Bahrain v UAE

January 18: Asian Cup - China v Korea DPR

January 20: Asian Cup - Iraq v AFC Challenge Cup winner

January 23: Asian Cup - Quarter final

February 18: Cricket World Cup - Bangladesh v Qualifer

February 24: Cricket World Cup - West Indies v Zimbabwe

March 3: Cricket World Cup - South Africa v Ireland 

* Big Bash to be confirmed

• Pool match-15 January 2015: Bahrain v UAE 
• Pool match-18 January 2015: China v Korea DPR 
• Pool match-20 January 2015: Iraq v AFC Challenge Cup Winner (TBC in May 2014) 
• Quarter final- 23 January 2015 Tickets go on sale for all matches in May 2014.