South Africa take on Zimbabwe in historic match starting in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday
South Africa are ready to welcome back their two most exciting players when they will take on Zimbabwe in an historic first-ever four-day Test, which will start from Tuesday in Port Elizabeth.The match, which will be the first day-night Test in South Africa, will see the return of star batsman and former captain AB de Villiers and fast-bowler Daley Steyn, both of whom missed considerable amount of cricket due to injury struggles.
However, there is a worrying sign for the home side as well, as captain Faf du Plessis’ participation remains highly unlikely as he declared himself only 60% fit for the encounter on Sunday.
In his absence, the team’s batting responsibility will be shared veteran opener Hashim Amla, all-rounder Dean Elgar and returning De Villiers, who is yet to be tested after coming back from the injury in the longest format of the game.
In the bowling department, things are looking ominous for the visiting Zimbabwe batting side, who will be up against the pace trio of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn / Morne Morkel, who will be accompanied by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj and have the ability to dismantle any batting lineup in the world.
For Zimbabwe, the game proposes a unique opportunity, as they will face a strong opponent in an unchartered territory for both teams.
In the batting department, the visiting side will be boosted by the return of former captain Brendan Taylor, who joins the team after a successful stint in county cricket.
Along with Taylor, the likes of Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza and Craig Ervine will share the burden.
In the bowling department however, Zimbabwe team have very limited resources and will look to Kyle Jarvis, Christopher Mpofu and captain Graeme Cremer for some inspiration.
The pitch is expected to be good for batting but will assist spinners as well, whereas there are no chances of rain expected throughout the match days.