New Rules for S. Africa`s 4-Day Test with Zimbabwe
Published: 12:55 PM, 25 December 2017 Updated: 11:27 AM, 26 December 2017
South Africa face Zimbabwe in the one-off day-night test on Tuesday, which will be staged under experimental rules. The International Cricket Council (ICC) gave permission to Cricket South Africa to stage a four-day test.
Earlier, ICC gave four-day test status in October as a trial; When the ICC chief executive David Richardson had said the trial of four-day Test cricket would run until the 2019 World Cup, although participation wasn`t mandatory.
There are several variations from standard Test playing conditions.
There will be a minimum 98 overs a day - eight more than in the traditional five-day test. The hours of play will last six-and-a-half hours compared to the normal six hours. The lead needed to be able to enforce the follow-on will be 150 rather than 200.
There will be an extra 30 minutes available to complete the minimum quota of overs expected in a day`s play.
The one-off day-night test between South Africa and Zimbabwe is, the first in South Africa, and play will run from 1.30pm (1130 GMT) to 9pm local time. The first break will be tea (20-minute break) and the second dinner (40-minute interval).
It is the first Test match since 1972/73 to be scheduled over four days. Until then, Test matches were played over varying numbers of days, from three to six - and on a number of occasions were "timeless", played over an unlimited number of days until a result was achieved.
The last timeless Test, between South Africa and England in Durban in 1938/39, ended in a draw after ten days (one of which was rained off) when the England team had to catch a ship home.
Since 1972/73 Test matches have been standardised as five-day games, although a match between Australia and a World XI in 2005/06 was scheduled over six days. The match lasted four days.
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