Proteas paint PE pink over Xmas as India confirm tour

India climbed to the No.2 spot in the ICC ODI Rankings

India climbed to the No.2 spot in the ICC ODI Rankings

South Africa have announced plans for a innovative four-day Test against Zimbabwe this summer and are hopeful the International Cricket Council will give the match official Test status.

"To ensure we do not disappoint our loyal fans over the traditional Boxing Day period and to take advantage of our brand-new lights at St George's Park, we will host Zimbabwe in the first ever 4-day D/N Test match to be played".

The test format has been standardised at five days for the past four decades, although prior to that matches had been scheduled from anything between two and six.

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That also means CSA have had to plug the gaping hole in their schedule where the Boxing Day Test used to be.

Should the Zimbabwe match be rubber-stamped as an official Test, the summer will comprise of 10 Test matches, which will be South Africa's biggest worldwide season at home.

Lorgat admitted it had been necessary "to compromise to some extent" in order to fit in a tour between the end of India's series against Sri Lanka, ending on December 24, and the start of a Test series between South Africa and Australia starting on March 1. "The dates and venues for the fixtures will be confirmed shortly", the BCCI said in a statementEarlier, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had announced an anticipated loss of Rand 159 million for the current year, but they were banking on the upcoming home series against India and Australia to boost its coffers again.

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India are now hosting Australia in a limited-overs' series, comprising of five ODIs and three T20Is; while Proteas will host Bangladesh in a full tour, with two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is.

The New Year won't be happy for cricket-minded South Africans‚ and all they will get for Christmas is a Boxing Day charade. The tour will start with a two-day practice match at Boland Park on December 30 and 31.

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