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India and South Africa’s last Test series ended as a 1-1 draw
India are all set to tour South Africa in December this year until the beginning of 2014 for three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.
The last time these two international behemoths clashed with each other was two years ago when the number one Test ranking was up for grabs.
India managed to retain their number one title during that series with a 1-1 draw under the guidance of current South African coach Gary Kirsten.
There had been growing speculation and rumours about a fourth Test being added to the tour, but as of right now nothing has been finalised.
However, this tour will be a special one for all the Test fans out there as the traditional Boxing Day Test will make its return to Durban after Cricket South Africa (CSA) replaced it with a Twenty20 International last year.
Although none of the other venues have been confirmed, it is understood that Cape Town will play host to the New Year’s Test and the third Test match is likely to be held in either Johannesburg or Centurion.
Both teams will barely have played any Test cricket in the lead up to their series, with South Africa touring the United Arab Emirates for a two-Test series against Pakistan, while India have no Test fixtures from now until their first Test against South Africa.
With the ODI series being unusually long, it is also understood that the less visited grounds, such as the Maritzburg Oval in Pietermaritzburg will get a chance to host one of the ODIs.
India’s tour to South Africa will be the starting point of an extremely busy summer for the Proteas as they will also host Australia for a three-Test series in February-March 2014.