Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak (right) sending throw downs (Image courtesy: AFP)
Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak (right) sending throw downs (Image courtesy: AFP)

Zimbabwe welcomed ICC s decision to approve the trial four-day Test in bilateral series until 2019. Zimbabwe will now lock horns with South Africa in the boxing day Test and ICC board members, who met in Auckland, on Friday have given the match official status. It will be Zimbabwe s first ever Test with a pink ball. ALSO READ: South Africa s proposed four-day Test against Zimbabwe receives ICC green signal

Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak admitted that he is fan of 4-day Tests and is honoured to be a part of the first 4-day Test. A report from Daily Observer quotes Streak as saying, I am a fan of 4-day Tests. We are very happy and honoured to be the first official 4-day Test (participant).

ICC will be coming up with a new set of playing conditions of the 4-day Tests and Streak recommends extra half-an-hour s play on all four days than usual.

I don t see major changes in the Playing Conditions. I would recommend extra 10-minutes of play in every session of play. This will bring extra half-an hour on all four days. The extra 30-minute of play can bring seven overs more on each day of the Test and total of 97 overs (against the present 90 overs) will bring excitement to the game This extra time will be able to bring result to the game and it will be good for the game and the spectators will also enjoy the (D/N) Test match , Steak concluded.