Cape Town - The Proteas
begin their pink ball preparation with a two-day tour match against a Cricket
Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
The day-night tour match will be
followed by another two-day match with the red ball, as preparations step up a
gear ahead of the opening Test against Australia starting at the WACA Ground in
Perth on November 3.
Proteas opening batsman, Dean
Elgar, who is one of the few squad members to have played with the pink ball
during the South Africa 'A' tour to Australia in August, says the squad is
managing with the challenges and adjusting to the uncharted territory of day-night
"Today is our second practice
with the pink ball," Elgar said at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
yesterday was a good outing for us. We practiced in the evening during the
twilight period which has been a talking point so far. I think the guys are
quite excited, it’s exciting to play some Test cricket again.
"I played with the pink ball
against the Australia 'A' side a couple of months ago which was a good outing
for myself knowing that we are playing in Australia now.
a little bit more upfront for longer periods, I think that is probably the only
Although the day-night Test
match is the last fixture of the three-Test series, Elgar believes every
session of preparation will be vital as the majority of the players make the
shift from ODI to Test cricket.
The 29 year-old has made a full recovery from
the freak ankle injury that side-lined him for the second Sunfoil Test match
against New Zealand in August, which the Proteas won by 204 runs, and is eager
to make an impact in Australia after a forgettable debut match in 2012.
"I think we’ve given
ourselves a lot of time coming to Australia before the first Test," he said of
the squad’s preparation.
"It’s up to us how we manage it, we have to use our
time wisely which we have been allocated by management. We will definitely have
enough time to prepare for the first Test match."
22 – 23 October – 2-day Tour
match, Adelaide Oval 14h00 (Pink ball)
27 – 28 October – 2-day Tour
match, Gliderol Stadium 10h30
3 – 7 November – 1st
Test, WACA Ground Perth 10h30
12 – 16 November – 2nd
Test, Blundstone Arean Hobart 10h30
19 – 20 November – 2-day Tour
match, MCG (Pink ball)24
– 28 November – 3rd Test, Adelaide Oval 14h00 (Pink Ball)