The idea of 4-day test matches have been in the news lately with ECB pressing the most for it. However, it’s South Africa that is all set to host their neighbours Zimbabwe in the first ever four-day Test. This will also be the first day-night Test for the visiting side.
First ever 4-day test and stage is all set for the clash at the St. George’s Park at Port Elizabeth. The Boxing Day Test is expected to be a full house and South Africa would be keen on getting some practice ahead of the India tour.
Template for four-day test
The ICC’s template for the four-day Test has been confirmed. The rules for the game has set a minimum of 98 overs to be bowled every day. This totals up to 392 overs in the match, which is 58 overs less than what is usually bowled in Test matches.
In order to accommodate these extra 8 overs each day, the play is expected to be extended by half an hour. This extra time will be bought in from the first two sessions of play, which will be of two hours and fifteen minutes each.
Change in follow-on rule
Follow-on rule is another rule that is different from the conventional Test matches. The four day Tests will see follow-on limited to 150 runs, opposite to 200 runs in a normal 5-day match.
The match will commence at 1:30 pm (local time). The sun sets around 7:45 pm (local time) at Port Elizabeth. Hence, the final session will be played under the lights. Both teams, South Africa and Zimbabwe, are looking eager to lock horns for the iconic Test.