India gear-up for Test series with warm-up vs South African Invitational XI

After losing the ODI series 2-0 to South Africa, India will look to quickly shift gears for the longest format of the game with a two-day unofficial warm-up in Benoni. The two-match Test series starts December 18.

updated: December 12, 2013 18:52 IST
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Benoni: The beleaguered Indian batting line-up which has been rattled by fiery pace and disconcerting bounce during ODI series will like to start afresh, when they take on a South African Invitational XI in a two-day practice game, starting here on Friday. (Click here for full coverage on India's tour of South Africa)

The match which is being held at the Sahara Willowmoore Park -- some 30 kms in the outskirts of Johannesburg is not an official first-class match as it is a two-day game where opposition teams are expected to bat on either days. (Also read: India can deal with pace and bounce better in Tests, says Dhoni)

As this is not an official match, there will be provision for the batsmen to retire if they feel that they have got enough batting practice.

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