South Africa Test side © Getty Images
South Africa Test side © Getty Images

South Africa will play Zimbabwe in a four-day Test on the Boxing Day, as BCCI decided to give India some rest ahead of the gruelling tour. ICC has confirmed the playing conditions for the four-day Boxing Day. A minimum of 98 overs will be bowled per day — a total of 392 overs in a match which is 58 less than a usual five-day Test.

An extra half hour will be allowed in the first two sessions of the day. It will add eight more overs in the play. The follow-on will be reduced to 150 from 200; it will benefit the teams who push for result.

The match between South Africa and Zimbabwe, being a day-night match, will have a 20-minute tea interval and a 40-minute dinner break. The match is scheduled at at 1.30 pm.

The four-day concept is likely to make Tests more attractive and result-oriented. ICC has approved a trial for four-day Test in October that will be played till 2019 World Cup.