[caption id="attachment_671303" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-671303" alt="Graeme Cremer AFP (File Photo)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Graeme-Cremer-1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Graeme Cremer AFP (File Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Paarl:</strong> <a href="www.cricketcountry.com/teams/zimbabwe/">Zimbabwe </a> will get a taste of floodlit cricket with a pink ball when they play a day-night match against a South African Invitation XI over three days at Boland Park, starting on Wednesday. <p></p> <p></p>It will be the only warm-up match for the Zimbabweans ahead of a one-off day-night Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/South-Africa">South Africa</a> from December 26 to 29, the first floodlit Test to be played in South Africa - and the first scheduled four-day Test anywhere since Pakistan toured New Zealand in 1972/73. <p></p> <p></p>South Africa will be using the Paarl match to prepare two key long-time absentees, batsman AB de Villiers and fast bowler Dale Steyn, for a probable return to Test cricket. <p></p> <p></p>De Villiers has not played in a Test since captaining South Africa against England in January 2016. He missed three series because of an elbow injury and then took a break from the five-day format, ceding the captaincy to Faf du Plessis. <p></p> <p></p>Steyn suffered a broken shoulder in a Test in Australia in November 2016 and his only competitive cricket since then has been in five Twenty20 matches for the Titans franchise in the past month. <p></p> <p></p>Despite Steyn's lack of match practice, new coach Ottis Gibson said recently that a fully fit Steyn would be an automatic choice for the Test team. <p></p> <p></p>De Villiers has missed 17 Tests since his previous appearance, while Steyn has missed 14. <p></p> <p></p>Despite being neighbours, South Africa and Zimbabwe have only played eight Test matches against each other since they first met in 1995/96, while it is Zimbabwe s first Test tour of South Africa since 2004/05. South Africa have won seven matches, with one drawn. <p></p> <p></p>Captain Graeme Cremer, batsmen Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor and fast bowler Chris Mpofu were all on the 2004/05 tour, when South Africa won both Test matches, while De Villiers is the only South African still active who played in the series. <p></p> <p></p>There are two uncapped players in Zimbabwe s 15-man squad, batsman Ryan Burl and fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani.