International cricket enters the new era

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International cricket enters the new era

CAPE TOWN: Cricket will venture into new territory when South Africa tackle Zimbabwe in the first official four-day test match to be played at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth starting on Tuesday.

It is an experiment, which will also be played with a pink ball as a day/night encounter, that has been met with more enthusiasm in Zimbabwe than their hosts, who will have a number of their experienced campaigners back in action.

Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak believes cutting a day from the game will force teams to score quicker, and that means taking more risks, which could play into the hands of so-called minnow nations.