Cape Town - The Proteas will make history when they become the first team ever to play in a four-day Test match on Boxing Day.
They take on Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth and, to add even more spice to the occasion, the match will be a day/night, pink ball clash.
Naturally, there will be some things to get used to.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) sent out a statement on Wednesday explaining some of the changes that come with a shortened format.
Play will start at 13:30 and end at 21:00.
1st session: 13:30 - 15:45
Tea: 15:45 - 16:05
2nd session: 16:05 - 18:20
Supper: 18:20 - 19:00
3rd session: 19:00 - 21:00
½ hours of play / minimum 98 overs per day
30 minutes overtime available to complete the minimum overs
intervals, spanning a combined 60 minutes (this is the current provision
we have in place for day/night Tests and provides flexibility for
scheduling over 4 days)
scheduled session length is 2 ½ hours, with the minimum 2 hours
minutes available to make-up for lost time on the day
make-up time carried over to subsequent days.
becomes 150 runs (rather than 200 runs) as per the Laws of Cricket