Amidst the war to retain number one position in five day test matches, India is really keen to play with its nearest competitor - South Africa. The plan was made on a very short notice. BCCI (Board of Cricket Control of India) requested South Africa board for this series. South Africa also showed its interest for the competition and they decided for a series in India.
Now, the schedule has arrived and these two nations will play two test matches and three one dayers between Jan 31 and Feb 27. They will also play couple of practice matches in the meantime.
The entire schedule follows:
Jan 31: South Africa (SA) team arrives in Mumbai
Feb 1: SA team travels to Nagpur for the first test match
Feb 2-Feb 3: SA team plays two day practice match at Nagpur
Feb 6-Feb 10: First Test Match in Nagpur
Feb 14-Feb 18: Second Test Match at Eden Gardens at Kolkata
Feb 21: First One Day International (ODI) between India and RSA in Jaipur (Day/ Night match)
Feb 24: Second ODI between India and RSA in Kanpur
Feb 27: Third ODI between India and RSA in Ahmedabad (Day/ Night match)
It is apparent that whoever wins the Test Series will retain the pride of being number one in the 5 day test matches. India has advantage of playing on home ground, but South Africa is known for their strength to challenge teams at their home turf too. We look forward for another exciting series where both the teams are likely to play with their full strength.
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