Proteas a step closer to history on Boxing Day

2017-10-13 10:55
Faf du Plessis (Gallo)

Cape Town - The Proteas are a step closer to making history on Boxing Day when they take on Zimbabwe in the first ever four-day Test in Port Elizabeth.

Following Friday's confirmation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) that four-day Test matches had been given the go-ahead to be trialed, it is looking increasingly likely that South Africa will take part in the first ever shortened Test match. 


The decision to play Zimbabwe on Boxing Day was taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) after the Indian tour, which was due to take place over that period, got pushed back because of scheduling reasons. 

Now the Proteas will take on Zimbabwe in a one-off Test before turning their attention to India for three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is over January and February. 

There had been some uncertainty, though, as to whether or not the four-day Zimbabwe Test would be considered an official Test match in the eyes of the ICC. 

But, after Friday's announcement, it looks like it will be. 

The ICC is currently in the process of drawing up a set of playing conditions for four-day Test matches, and those are expected to implemented for Boxing Day in PE.

Read more on:    proteas  |  port elizabeth  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy


How should the 2019/20 English Premier League title race be resolved?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.