South Africa news July 8, 2013

Boxing Day Test back on SA home calendar

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The traditional Boxing Day Test returns to South African shores for the 2013-14 season with India scheduled to play the first of three Tests in the home summer. CSA cancelled the fixture last season and opted to play three T20s against New Zealand over the festive period instead in the hope of attracting bigger in-stadium audiences. Although the matches were sell-outs, there was a public outcry about the lack of a Test match and with India visiting this season, the administrators have reinstalled the fixture and handed it back to its usual home, Kingsmead in Durban.

But before they can get to that, India will play two T20s and seven ODIs between November 18 and December 15. The matches have been spread around the country with so-called smaller venues like East London and Bloemfontein playing host to ODIs. Newlands Stadium will also host a fifty-over match after not having one last season.

After two warm-up matches, India will play three Tests, which are to be held in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg and will conclude the tour. Administrators are hopeful Sachin Tendulkar will bring up another milestone during the second of those games. "The Indian players have always been very popular in South Africa and their maestro, Sachin Tendulkar, has currently played 198 Test matches," Naasei Appiah, CSA acting CEO said. "It would be wonderful for his 200th Test match to be in front of a packed New Year's crowd at Newlands. The last time he played a Test match there his battle with Dale Steyn thrilled a global audience."

South Africa's busy period continues with Australia visiting for three more Tests that take place between mid-February and early March. "Any series between Australia and South Africa in any sporting code always promises a spectacle of note and a contest worthy of some of sport's most famous moments," Appiah said. "Australia will be battle-hardened after successive home and away Ashes series against England."

The Australians will kick off their tour with a warm-up fixture in Potchefstroom before Test matches in Centurion, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. St Georges' Park keeps their Test fixture after successfully hosting New Zealand last year. The venue had not seen the longest format match for five years prior to that. Newlands, by virtue of its significant Test crowds, is the only venue that will host two Tests. Australia's tour has no ODIs but three T20s, which South Africa hope to use as preparation for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

South Africa's season begins before these two major tours though. Their limited-overs sides embark on a five ODI and three T20 visit to Sri Lanka at the end of this month for Russell Domingo's first assignment as head coach. They also visit the UAE to play Pakistan for fixtures that are yet to be decided in October.

The main talking point ahead of the series is the fitness of Test captain Graeme Smith, who is recovering from ankle surgery. Smith returned home from Surrey in May when the recurring problem with his ankle flared up again. At the time, he was said to need four to five months of rest. Team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee said Smith's rehabilitation is "progressing well," and they are hopeful he will be available to play against Pakistan and are determined to have him ready for the home summer.

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  • on July 9, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    7 ODI's? Overkill of the highest order. Would have been better to have a tri-series also featuring Australia.

    But the good thing is, the test series comes at the very end. I have a feeling this is going to play into India's hands. If you want to catch the Indians short, catch them at the very beginning. Once they get used to the conditions and the place, they will start hurting you. So having the tests at the very end gives India 12 warm up games (1 warmup T20, 2 intl T20's, 7 ODI's and 2 test warmups). This along with the current selection team which has been making some smart decisions for the team, makes me very optimistic that India is going to compete hard vs SA in the tests. TESTS IS THE BIG THING! And we will be prepared for it.

  • on July 10, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Why there is a 8 day gap between 2nd and 3rd test? and just 2 day gap between 1st and 2nd test? Poor scheduling.

  • on July 9, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Well 7 ODIs is Overkill, and while the world would like to bash BCCi and its growing clout, No board wants to let go of the crowds, Gate money, TV rights money and Sponsorships that an Indian Tour brings in!

    Have you heard of a 2 MONTH Long Tour in the recent times? Or a & Match bilateral ODI series? But then again its between the BCCI, CSA & the players to decide , how much is too much! 7 ODIs or not, Can assure you, there wont be any shortage of viewers! :)

  • spksrinivasan on July 9, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    It is high time to reconsider for a revised schedule as follows: * 18 November: T20 Tour match, India v SA Invitation XI, Potchefstroom (Day/Night) * 20 November: Only T20 International, Johannesburg (Day/Night) * 22 November: 1st ODI, Cape Town (Day/Night) * 24 November: 2nd ODI, Durban (Day/Night) * 27 November: 3rd ODI, Port Elizabeth (Day) * 29 November: 4th ODI, East London (Day/Night) * 1 December: 5th ODI, Centurion (Day/Night) * 4-7 December: India v SA Invitation XI, Paarl (4 Day Tour Game) * 10-14 December: 1st Test, Bloemfontein * 18-22 December: 2nd Test, Johannesburg * 26-30 December: 3rd Test, Durban * 3-7 January: 4th Test, Cape Town

    Thus, we can have an extra Test match by dropping aT20I and 2 ODIs.And, the tour also will get finished by 7th of January itself. The players can get more than a week long break before heading to New Zealand. I request BCCI to consider the above schedule. I hope that BCCI will do a favour as we are eager to watch more Tests.

  • on July 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    This Time india will do well in Africa.... Thay made a mistake of making them to get adjusted before they play test matches.... India should play Pujara in the one dayers.... it will help him during the test matches.... Gud luck india come back atleast 1-0

  • binu.emiliya on July 9, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    It will be good analysis between Vernon Philander & Buvaneswar Kumar

  • on July 9, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    2 t20s and 7 odis before the tests ....lots of practice to acclimatise to the conditions for the youngsters before the tests begin ....just what indian team needed

  • dalboy12 on July 9, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Seems crazy that there are 7 ODIs - this is going to be a great test series. Personally, I would drop all international t20s, drop the ODIs back to 3 and play 5 tests - this is the battle between the two top ranked test teams.

  • kensohatter on July 9, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    7ODIs against India and none against Australia!?! Also its so sad that Australia and SA will never face each other again on boxing day or new years tests due to both countries understandably wanting gate at those times of year. I fear australia wont be battle hardened but rather battle weary by the time this tour rolls around

  • harmske on July 8, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    @Ishan Soni - bang on! that schedule is perfect. can't see the point of a 7 match series.

  • on July 9, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    7 ODI's? Overkill of the highest order. Would have been better to have a tri-series also featuring Australia.

    But the good thing is, the test series comes at the very end. I have a feeling this is going to play into India's hands. If you want to catch the Indians short, catch them at the very beginning. Once they get used to the conditions and the place, they will start hurting you. So having the tests at the very end gives India 12 warm up games (1 warmup T20, 2 intl T20's, 7 ODI's and 2 test warmups). This along with the current selection team which has been making some smart decisions for the team, makes me very optimistic that India is going to compete hard vs SA in the tests. TESTS IS THE BIG THING! And we will be prepared for it.

  • on July 10, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Why there is a 8 day gap between 2nd and 3rd test? and just 2 day gap between 1st and 2nd test? Poor scheduling.

  • on July 9, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Well 7 ODIs is Overkill, and while the world would like to bash BCCi and its growing clout, No board wants to let go of the crowds, Gate money, TV rights money and Sponsorships that an Indian Tour brings in!

    Have you heard of a 2 MONTH Long Tour in the recent times? Or a & Match bilateral ODI series? But then again its between the BCCI, CSA & the players to decide , how much is too much! 7 ODIs or not, Can assure you, there wont be any shortage of viewers! :)

  • spksrinivasan on July 9, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    It is high time to reconsider for a revised schedule as follows: * 18 November: T20 Tour match, India v SA Invitation XI, Potchefstroom (Day/Night) * 20 November: Only T20 International, Johannesburg (Day/Night) * 22 November: 1st ODI, Cape Town (Day/Night) * 24 November: 2nd ODI, Durban (Day/Night) * 27 November: 3rd ODI, Port Elizabeth (Day) * 29 November: 4th ODI, East London (Day/Night) * 1 December: 5th ODI, Centurion (Day/Night) * 4-7 December: India v SA Invitation XI, Paarl (4 Day Tour Game) * 10-14 December: 1st Test, Bloemfontein * 18-22 December: 2nd Test, Johannesburg * 26-30 December: 3rd Test, Durban * 3-7 January: 4th Test, Cape Town

    Thus, we can have an extra Test match by dropping aT20I and 2 ODIs.And, the tour also will get finished by 7th of January itself. The players can get more than a week long break before heading to New Zealand. I request BCCI to consider the above schedule. I hope that BCCI will do a favour as we are eager to watch more Tests.

  • on July 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    This Time india will do well in Africa.... Thay made a mistake of making them to get adjusted before they play test matches.... India should play Pujara in the one dayers.... it will help him during the test matches.... Gud luck india come back atleast 1-0

  • binu.emiliya on July 9, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    It will be good analysis between Vernon Philander & Buvaneswar Kumar

  • on July 9, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    2 t20s and 7 odis before the tests ....lots of practice to acclimatise to the conditions for the youngsters before the tests begin ....just what indian team needed

  • dalboy12 on July 9, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Seems crazy that there are 7 ODIs - this is going to be a great test series. Personally, I would drop all international t20s, drop the ODIs back to 3 and play 5 tests - this is the battle between the two top ranked test teams.

  • kensohatter on July 9, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    7ODIs against India and none against Australia!?! Also its so sad that Australia and SA will never face each other again on boxing day or new years tests due to both countries understandably wanting gate at those times of year. I fear australia wont be battle hardened but rather battle weary by the time this tour rolls around

  • harmske on July 8, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    @Ishan Soni - bang on! that schedule is perfect. can't see the point of a 7 match series.

  • Charlford on July 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    What the test series between South Africa and Pakistan schedule for Oct 2013 in UAE cancelled?

  • on July 8, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    They should've had

    #1 - Four test matches between India & SA #2 - Followed by 2 T20s between Ind & SA #3 - Followed by a ODI tri series between Ind, Aus & SA #4 - Followed by 3/4 tests between Aus & SA #5 - Followed by 2 T20s between Aus & SA

  • on July 8, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Yo guys its been while we have seen such tournament between two grate teams. It will be fun to watch, Dhavan and Kohli against Stayns and morkels. Good luck folks looking forward to it. Hope it won't be one sided for SA. Or like Ozees against Ind now days.

  • on July 8, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    four test matches must be added in this tour....

  • AJ054 on July 8, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Instead of a monotonous 7 ODI-series a tri-series between the 3 teams would have been amazing and more challenging!

  • on July 8, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    7 ODI's, could well have added another test instead.

  • sntos05 on July 8, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    7 ODI'S!!! 5 ODI'S are more than enough, instead play 4 test matches that would be great..

  • on July 8, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Seriously? 7 ODIs? Even for teams like India and South Africa, this is too much! Why not make it 1 T20, 3 ODIs and 4 (or 5) Tests?

  • on July 8, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Atleast we are best in ODIs,so what if we have to play 7 odis.We have dhawan,gambhir,sehwag,pujara,yuvraj,rohit,raina,dhoni,karthik in ODIs to bat. We have Yadav,Bhuvi,Ashwin,Rasool,Jadeja,Ojha,Irfan,Undakat,Mohit as bowler.So what is problem???I don't see any.

  • on July 8, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Against SA India will need experience and for that they must take Gambhir and Bhajji and Zaheer to South Africa....

  • crkt4evr on July 8, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    please stop us torturing with 7 odis.....nowadays in this t20 age even a 5 match odi series is a bore....odis are neither favourable to the people who watch test cricket nor to the t20 watchers hence its further insensitive exploitation will only do more harm to it....please let odi series be of 3 matches make it 3 tests,3 odis and 3 t20s and let players have the opportunity to rest,practise(in form of both practise matches & net practise ) and improve thats when better cricket is exhibited by them!

  • bmani27 on July 8, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    @Themba, SA doesnt have a good record in centurion. So its quite natural that they avoid it while scheduling :)

  • on July 8, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    we are waiting for this tour, finally they confirmed dates and matches, we can watch one T20, 2 ODI's and 1 test match at wanderers, but 7 ODI's are too much, 5 ODI's and 3 Test and 2 T20's are fine. again we will watch Sachin last test in SA.

  • on July 8, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    I do not why there are 7 ODIS. ODIS when played players get injured due to mental tension, frustation etc. It must be 5 tests 3 ODIS & 3T20s. It would have been better. Tests must be given priority first which shows the calibare & capacity of the team & captaincy.Instead of having 5 successive days in tests, it must be played for 6 days (3 days 1 rest day & 2days) with 1day as rest day why because too much of cricketing activaties are happening now. When the complete day is washed out it must be considered as 4 days test match then it will be played for 5 days (2 days 1 day rest & 2days). Earlier the in 1970s the cricket was played like this. Please bring the old format which is really good.

  • IndCricFan2013 on July 8, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Sachin will play his 200th test in his 25th year of International Test Cricket.

  • Vivek_Singh3089 on July 8, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    7 ODI'S!!!...I really hope that none of our pacer gets injured while playing ODI's....Umesh , Bhuvi are must for Tests as with Ishant likely to be the third seamer with Shami as the fourth option. I would love to see Varun Aaron as the fifth paper of the squad for Tests..in ODI's Aaron/Bhuvi/Shami will be an excellent combo while Tests attack should be of Bhuvi/Umesh/Zak (if fit) or Shami...Ishant is a complete hack and doesn't want him anywhere near the Indian Team...hopefully Zak comes back for the Test Series which might turn out to be his fairwell series .

  • anshu.s on July 8, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Normally in a meaningful 50 over contest India v/s South Africa is a good draw but timing of this series before a marquee test series and 7 mathes is too much of a stretch, i have often felt meaningless bilateral series devalues international cricket, entire world loves EL Classico between Madrid and Barcelona because it comes across only twice in a season, imagine if they start playing 7 matches one after another it will lose it's lustre and appeal ... international matches should have a meaningful context always, international teams should be restricted to playing Tests,major ODI and T-20 championships and rest should be left to domestic teams/franchises/clubs.I understand cricket is country v/s country based unlike other major sports which are club based, but surely this is an overkill...

  • atul1401 on July 8, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Well the good part of Ind SA series schedule is that the T-20s and ODIs are before the tests. This gives visiting team decent time to settle in before the real test. But 7 ODIs are too much! I remember Rahul Dravid speaking against these kind of fixtures in Sir Don's Oration speech. Teams like Ind and SA can easily attract crowd in stadiums for tests. They should have played 4 tests and 5 ODIs. If these cricket boards can not do it, how can one expect relatively poor cricket boards like WI and SL to play tests instead of ODI tri-series including India. Sometimes I feel that barring Ashes no other test series is given due importance in world cricket.

  • on July 8, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    But y these mindless 7 ODI's...I would have preffered 5 ODI's & 4 Tests.!!!! Its only about commercilization.

  • grizzle on July 8, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    As just about everybody here is able to see, 7 ODIs is way too many. They had 5 the last time and I can't recall any except that second one which India pulled off by a run... The tests on the other hand were more than memorable: Steyn and Morkel demolishing India on that first morning, Kallis' first double, Tendulkar's 50th (in vain as usual, sadly), Dhoni's counterattacking 90something, Laxman's 96 in Durban (right when the team needed it, as usual), Sreesanth's snorter to Kallis, Tendulkar v Steyn in Cape Town, Kallis' twin centuries, Gambhir's grit in taking India to a draw... Fantastic series!

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 8, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    7 ODIS common. 5 ODIS are more than enough. Glad there are atleast 3 tests. @Narabavi Yeah just like how they gifted your Sri Lanka one victory last time.

  • on July 8, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    7 ODIs along with 2 T20s is way too much. Should ideally have been 5 ODIs. Still,will be a very good series. Also,India are looking forward to this and preparing for this as they have selected 4-5 starting 11 guys in their A side to travel to SA this year. Expecting a close T20 and ODI Series. T20 should be 1-1 and ODIs should be 4-3 to India I feel. Test Series will totally depend on how our young batsman apply themselves and also on the fitness of Zak. We need him in Tests for sure. The non performers are out of the side. This is a series where Pujara,Kohli will be tested. A huge series for Shikhar dhawan too. We need a good opener with Dhawan for this series. But,still to beat SA in SA in a test series,that too for a sub continent side is really tough. 2-1 to SA in Tests.

  • Themba on July 8, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    No test match in centurion???? Even though the crowds always turn up for test matches?

  • mihir_nam on July 8, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    7 Bi Lateral ODI's actually make it boring..Invite some team which is free and play a Tri Series..or Invite Leading Associate if no one is free

  • maddy20 on July 8, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Will be a real tough one for us but playing ODIs before tests is a blessing for us. It will help us get acclimatised to the condtions before the real battle begins. As for 7 ODIs, more the merrier! Just hope Zak will be back in the side to deal with the Saffa lefties like Smith.

  • on July 8, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    great to see tests after ODIs and TTs so india can adjust to the conditions and post some threat to the world champs in tests

  • Narabavi on July 8, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Mark my word ! South Africa gonna present Durban Test to India like they did in previous two occasions.

  • Gagananand66 on July 8, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Would like to see Virat Kohli score more ODI centuries with India playing 20 ODIs in next 5 months. He has already scored 14 and is on right track and pace to break Sachin's record of max ODI 100s.

  • dunger.bob on July 8, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Sounds like a good summers cricket to me, though I agree that 7 ODI's is maybe a couple too many.. Just focusing on the Tests though, India & Aus. seems a pretty good playlist. .. India have turned themselves around in record time. When they played us in Australia they were disinterested and a bit hopeless. .. A couple of months later we travel over there, they replace a few pistons (Pujarra/VVs etc), tune up a couple of sick ones (Ashwin etc) and suddenly they start purring like a Rolls. .. Amazing. .. meanwhile we are ready to simultaneously implode/explode with frustration because we lost a series we had high hopes of winning .. as far as South Africa itself is concerned, I'm just going to say that, as an Aussie, I'm not given to praising any SA team. A respectful nod and a quick flash of envy seems about all I can manage. .. never mind, your team actually rocks. .Doesn't mean we aren't going to try to shake your tree though. .. Sounds like a great summers cricket to me.

  • Chris_P on July 8, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    India are happy with no first class matches prior to the first test? If that is not setting you up for a shellacking, I don't know what is. Good to see the tradition of Boxing Day tests returning to you guys, I just hope you support it so it remains.

  • half_blood-prince on July 8, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    This wont be onesided affair...1-1 in my opinion and 4-3 any side in odi.

  • ssenthil on July 8, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    SA is No.1 Test team with 135 ratings while the No.2 Indian team has only 116 Ratings. SA created a day light gap over there. I wish they can make this as 4 test series so that this could give opportunities to SA consolidate or an outside chance to India to narrow the gap (Which is hugely unlikely).

  • on July 8, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    I'm very surprised that Australia will be playing three Tests against South Africa in South Africa. I say that because the last series played there only had two Tests, so I thought this summer they would play four Tests. At least that's what some of the SA administrators were saying.

  • djdrastic on July 8, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Blegh , why so many boring ODI's ?

  • Gagananand66 on July 8, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Why so hue and cry about 7 ODIs? India also host AUS for 7 ODIs in October.

  • Dirk_L on July 8, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    I hate these meaningless SA Invitation XI matches. Should be our strongest regional teams instead.

  • on July 8, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    I believe the best way to play a bi-lateral series should be as follows

    3/5 Tests matches 3/5 ODIs 3/5 T20s

    The team winning 2 of the 3 formats wins the Series ... This ensures teams are forced to give equal importance to all 3 formats and not specialise in 1 or 2 formats. It will also create more excitement among viewers. Teams should also be ranked according, depending on how many series they play. Over a span of 5 years they should have played all teams on a home and away basis. So at the end of each 5 year period, we have the champions declared and rewarded.

  • on July 8, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    in onday and t20 india 7-0 2-0 respectivly..and in test africa4-0...

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 8, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    OMG - 7 ODIs. Greed knows no boundaries. What are the Administrators thinking, just make it 10 to round it off!!!!

  • Gagananand66 on July 8, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Calling Sir Jadeja to get his focus back on cricket and get ready to show his skills on South African soil

  • on July 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    yayyy 3 test matches ...bring it on SA you can't beat us 4-0 LOL

  • EnglishCricket on July 8, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    7 ODIs is just ridiculous. 5 is more than enough to separate the teams and satisfy the fans.

  • on July 8, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Yes, Yes, Yes to a Boxing Day Test match......but No, No, No to one in Kingsmead. Not that I do not like Kingsmead, but because of the weather, it makes the toss way too important. I would have rather had Port Elizabeth host the Boxing Day test match, and Durban host the Aussies. All CSA did was say oh there are a lot of people of Indian origin in Durban, so there must be a test match in Durban....narrow conservative thinking.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on July 8, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    That is a great news. Real great news. Oh, let me explain what I meant. Playing T20 and one-dayers before the test matches is very good for us. Because core of the team is almost same (5-7 players), they will get used to conditions better, though limited overs have comparatively flatter tracks, but still some practice is way better than no practice. Unlike last Eng and Aus tour where we hardly played any practice games and rightfully blanked. SA is a very-very strong Test team, ah not strong, but best Test team. So it would be better that we are better equipped to compete. Who knows with better preparations, we play our A game and SA not doing that, and offcourse a bit of luck (you will sure need that playing against SA) we again may still sneak a win here or there or win the series. On side note why 7 one days, can't it be 4 tests and 5 one days or 3 ODI would have been better?

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 8, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    instead of 3 tests extra 3odi would be be good option. 10 odi's against SA, what a thrilling one.

    And your link battle with steyn doesnot work

  • Sid_markit on July 8, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Excited about the series though I would have preferred a 4 test series and 5 ODIs

  • DEDKIK on July 8, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    India goes into a tour without adequate preparation as usual. No practice 50-over match. And two 2-day matches as preparation for a Test series? A single 3 or 4 day match would have been better. Most other touring sides insist on at least one 3 or 4 day first class match and one other 3-4 day match.

  • DEDKIK on July 8, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    India goes into a tour without adequate preparation as usual. No practice 50-over match. And two 2-day matches as preparation for a Test series? A single 3 or 4 day match would have been better. Most other touring sides insist on at least one 3 or 4 day first class match and one other 3-4 day match.

  • Sid_markit on July 8, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Excited about the series though I would have preferred a 4 test series and 5 ODIs

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 8, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    instead of 3 tests extra 3odi would be be good option. 10 odi's against SA, what a thrilling one.

    And your link battle with steyn doesnot work

  • ReverseSweepIndia on July 8, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    That is a great news. Real great news. Oh, let me explain what I meant. Playing T20 and one-dayers before the test matches is very good for us. Because core of the team is almost same (5-7 players), they will get used to conditions better, though limited overs have comparatively flatter tracks, but still some practice is way better than no practice. Unlike last Eng and Aus tour where we hardly played any practice games and rightfully blanked. SA is a very-very strong Test team, ah not strong, but best Test team. So it would be better that we are better equipped to compete. Who knows with better preparations, we play our A game and SA not doing that, and offcourse a bit of luck (you will sure need that playing against SA) we again may still sneak a win here or there or win the series. On side note why 7 one days, can't it be 4 tests and 5 one days or 3 ODI would have been better?

  • on July 8, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Yes, Yes, Yes to a Boxing Day Test match......but No, No, No to one in Kingsmead. Not that I do not like Kingsmead, but because of the weather, it makes the toss way too important. I would have rather had Port Elizabeth host the Boxing Day test match, and Durban host the Aussies. All CSA did was say oh there are a lot of people of Indian origin in Durban, so there must be a test match in Durban....narrow conservative thinking.

  • EnglishCricket on July 8, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    7 ODIs is just ridiculous. 5 is more than enough to separate the teams and satisfy the fans.

  • on July 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    yayyy 3 test matches ...bring it on SA you can't beat us 4-0 LOL

  • Gagananand66 on July 8, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Calling Sir Jadeja to get his focus back on cricket and get ready to show his skills on South African soil

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 8, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    OMG - 7 ODIs. Greed knows no boundaries. What are the Administrators thinking, just make it 10 to round it off!!!!

  • on July 8, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    in onday and t20 india 7-0 2-0 respectivly..and in test africa4-0...