Virat Kohli    Getty Images
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Team India will be heading to South Africa to play their first series of the year 2018. A press release from Cricket South Africa (CSA), on Monday, announced India s decision to not play the two-day warm-up match against South Africa and instead focus on training sessions.

“Please be advised that the two-day warm-up match for India at Eurolux Boland Park will no longer be taking place. India have opted for training sessions on those days,” CSA said in the press release.

India are currently playing Sri Lanka at home. The series will conclude on December 24, with last T20I in Mumbai. BCCI has already made it clear to CSA in August that India will arrive to South Africa in the last week of 2017.

India have been preparing for South Africa by using lively, green tops against Sri Lanka. The South African pitches will be favorable for the pacers, as they generate more swing and bounce.

BCCI wanted the team to rest before the South Africa Test, which restricted India from playing the Boxing Day Test on December 26. South Africa will now play Zimbabwe in a four-day match. The New Year Test that was supposed to be played on January 2 has been postponed to January 5. According to ESPNcricinfo, an official said that India would definitely play one practice match before the first Test”.

According to a report published in Times Of India, the timings for the ODI games have changed, every game will start half an hour early.

The first Test of the India s tour to South Africa begins on January 5 in Cape Town followed with 2 more Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20I.