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Help India Tour of South Africa 2010-2011
India Vs South Africa

Date and Time Match

Thu Dec 16 - Mon Dec 20
08:30 GMT | 10:30 local
14:00 IST 1st Test - South Africa v India
SuperSport Park, Centurion

Sun Dec 26 - Thu Dec 30
08:00 GMT | 10:00 local
13:30 IST 2nd Test - South Africa v India
Kingsmead, Durban

Sun Jan 2 - Thu Jan 6
08:30 GMT | 10:30 local
14:00 IST 3rd Test - South Africa v India
Newlands, Cape Town

Sun Jan 9
12:30 GMT | 14:30 local
18:00 IST Only T20I - South Africa v India
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Wed Jan 12
12:30 GMT | 14:30 local
18:00 IST 1st ODI - South Africa v India
Kingsmead, Durban N/A

Sat Jan 15
12:30 GMT | 14:30 local
18:00 IST 2nd ODI - South Africa v India
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg N/A

Tue Jan 18
12:30 GMT | 14:30 local
18:00 IST 3rd ODI - South Africa v India
Newlands, Cape Town N/A

Fri Jan 21
12:30 GMT | 14:30 local
18:00 IST 4th ODI - South Africa v India
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth N/A

Sun Jan 23
08:00 GMT | 10:00 local
13:30 IST 5th ODI - South Africa v India
SuperSport Park, Centurion

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Squad for South Africa Tests:

MS Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.

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UDRS not to be used during India-SA Test series

Johannesburg, Nov 30 (PTI) The controversial Umpire Decision Review System will not be used during India's Test tour of South Africa next month, coach Corrie van Zyl said.

Van Zyl said he was in favour of UDRS but the system will not be used in the Test series, given India's opposition to it.

"I like UDRS and it does eradicate a lot of decisions that are wrong, which can only be good for the game. But, we are not going to use it and that's the end of it," van Zyl said.

Implementation of UDRS in bilateral series depends upon the two playing countries and a CSA official also said the system will not be used in the three-match Test series starting on December 16 at Centurion.

"(We) will definitely not be using it.''
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Smith: Let ICC take call on DRS, not cricket boards

Johannesburg, Dec 2 (PTI) The BCCI's refusal to have the Decision Review System during India's tour of South Africa this month has not gone down well with host captain Graeme Smith, who feels DRS' implementation should be decided by the ICC instead of individual boards.

The referral system would not be used in the Test series starting here on December 16 as the BCCI is not in favour of it.

"I think the ICC should manage it," Smith told the Afrikaans daily 'Beeld' when asked about the development.

"Currently it is left to the relevant cricket authorities and if one of the two does not agree, it is not used. The ICC should assume full responsibility for it, rather than leaving it in the hands of the home boards."

India remains skeptical of the DRS but South Africa has used the system in its last two home Test series.
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Proteas to focus on pace in Test series against India

Andrew Hudson, convenor of selectors for the Proteas, said that South Africa would concentrate on its strong points when they announce their Test squad for the upcoming series against India.

"We will most probably choose just one spinner and depend on South Africa's traditional strength, its pace attack," Hudson told the Afrikaans daily Beeld.

Hence, India can expect a pace attack when they start touring in South Africa from December 16.

"There was still a view among the South Africans that despite India's strength being their batting, they remained vulnerable to bounce balls," said Beeld cricket writer Altus Momberg.

"This will be tested (against India) this summer," Momberg said, adding that Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were extremely dangerous under South African conditions.

The South African squad for the Test series against India will be announced at the end of this week.

Momberg speculated that the proposed tactic of the South Africans was probably why Indian coach Gary Kirsten and ten members of his team, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, would arrive in Cape Town next Wednesday itself to get used to the South African conditions ahead of the first game on December 16.

The rest of the team, still playing in a one-day series against New Zealand, will only arrive in Johannesburg on December 12.

India, during their tour of South Africa, however, will not face South Africa's first national cap of Pakistani origin, Imran Tahir.

The addition of Tahir, who has lived in South Africa for the past four years after marrying a local woman, was announced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and then almost immediately withdrawn after it was discovered that he did not qualify because he was not yet a South African citizen.

Although Tahir's papers are expected to be ready by the end of the month, Hudson said he would not be considered for the series against India.

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Biswal to manage Team India in South Africa

New Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) Former national selector and first class cricketer Ranjib Biswal has been appointed as the manager of the Indian cricket team for the upcoming tour of South Africa starting December 16.

Incidentally, it is for the fourth time Biswal, a former India Under-19 captain, will be managing the Indian team out of the country.

Biswal was the manager of the Indian team in the Twenty20 World Cup in May and also held the position during the Sri Lanka tour and the Asia Cup earlier this year.

Biswal is presently the president of Orissa Cricket Association and has also represented the state in first class cricket.

India will tour South Africa for three Tests, five ODIs and one-off Twenty20 match.
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McLaren Added To Proteas Squad To Play India

All-rounder Ryan McLaren has been called up as South Africa named a 15-man squad for the upcoming first Test against India at Centurion Park.

McLaren joins the 14 players that travelled to the United Arab Emirates and drew two Tests in Abu Dhabi and Dubai against Pakistan, and Cricket South Africa (CSA) expect premier batsmen Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla to be fit for the three-match series.

The opening Test gets underway on 16th December and is followed by matches in Durban, from 26th December, and Cape Town, from 2nd January.

McLaren made his Test debut against England in the fourth Test in Johannesburg in January.

“We want to keep the squad together that played against Pakistan,” selection convenor Andrew Hudson said.

“McLaren has impressed in both formats of the domestic game played so far this season and has also come back into our thinking."

South Africa Test squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Tour Schedule
16 Dec 2010 1st Test South Africa v India Centurion Park Test
26 Dec 2010 2nd Test South Africa v India Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban Test
02 Jan 2011 3rd Test South Africa v India Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town Test
09 Jan 2011 Only Twenty20 South Africa v India Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban IT20
12 Jan 2011 1st ODI South Africa v India Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban ODI
15 Jan 2011 2nd ODI South Africa v India New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg ODI
18 Jan 2011 3rd ODI South Africa v India Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town ODI
21 Jan 2011 4th ODI South Africa v India Sahara Oval, St George's Park, Port Elizabeth ODI
23 Jan 2011 5th ODI South Africa v India Centurion Park

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India to practice on bouncy pitches

The India Test squad, whose advance party arrives in South Africa on Monday evening, will prepare for their three-Test series by training on "hard, bouncy pitches with no lateral movement" to simulate conditions they expect to find through the series, particularly in Centurion, venue of the first Test. Their training will take place at the Gary Kirsten Performance Zone Academy in Cape Town.

"We received a brief to prepare pitches that are similar to the Centurion surface," Martin Brand, the patron for the Claremont Cricket Club where the academy is, told ESPNcricinfo.

As India will have no warm-up matches before the first Test, their coach Gary Kirsten has been keen to get the players practicing on South Africa's bouncy wickets to prepare them for the barrage of short balls expected from the home-team bowlers. India are expected to spend a week working in the academy to improve their record in South Africa, where they are yet to win a series and have won only a single Test in 12 attempts since 1992.

The first batch of players to arrive in Cape Town will be Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat, and the training will begin on Tuesday afternoon. "More groups of players will arrive after that and they have requested morning sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," Brand said. "We expect the full Test squad to be here by Friday and they will all have a final net session on Saturday." Friday's session will also include intensive fielding drills.

The academy has prepared seven pitches: three on the lower oval and four on the practice field. They will provide fielders for the Indians on Friday and bowlers from the club and the Western Province amateur side throughout the week. What the Indians won't be getting is help from some of the frontline fast bowlers in Cape Town. Richard Pybus, who coaches the Cape Cobras, the city's franchise, said the likes of Vernon Philander, Rory Kleinveldt and Monde Zondeki will not be bowling to the India batsmen at any stage.

Kirsten, Paddy Upton and Dale Williams founded the academy in 2006, about a year before Kirsten started travelling with India in late 2007. "He got the job with India before the academy could really get going, so there hasn't been much going on here."

Kirsten's brainchild has been lying dormant for some time but its first job is a big one. Brand and his ground staff have been getting ready to host India for the past week and are excited about the first assignment. "I can't say we know what to expect because it's the first time we are hosting a training camp here. This is the first time the academy has done something like this and been used in this capacity, but we are confident we will do a good job."

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Smith, Amla cleared to play in opener against India

Johannesburg: In what should please South Africa no end, skipper Graeme Smith and in-form batsman Hashim Amla have been cleared to play in the first Test of the three-match series against India starting Thursday in Centurion.

"Graeme's hand is good. Doctors have cleared him and he's ready to go. He's confident and looking forward to this week's preparation. We just hope that we can get out there and prepare," said coach Corrie van Zyl.

"Hashim seems to be fine and started his preparations last week," van Zyl was quoted as saying by 'Times Live'.

Injuries to both the players during last month's series against Pakistan in UAE cast doubts over their participation in the clash against the world number one side.

While the ring finger on Smith's left hand was broken in the first ODI against Pakistan, Amla was struck on the left wrist while fielding in the last day of the second Test against the same opponents.

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'We are targetting whole Indian team, not individuals' ..

Johannesburg: South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl today said that his side would not be targetting individual players but the whole Indian team during the Test series, starting at SuperSport Park at Centurion on Thursday.

"As far as individuals are concerned, when you are talking about a very good Indian team you can't single out individuals. They aren't a very good team because of one individual but because they are a very good unit," van Zyl told reporters here.

"Therefore, if we are going to focus on one or two individuals, then we are going to miss the boat here. We are preparing for the whole Indian team," he said.

The home side coach admitted that this Indian team was an extremely good unit but refused to comment on whether it was the best ever side to tour South Africa.

"This is an excellent Indian team but whether it is the best one ever to tour here is not for me to say. I can't really tell you."

Talking about the build-up to the Test series that has focused much on India's strategy in adjusting to conditions here, van Zyl said coach Kirsten's understanding of South African conditions will help India.

"Gary knows the conditions in South Africa well and that is a benefit to the Indians. But that is not a worry for us. We leave that to India to acclimatise and we need to worry about what we need to do," said Van Zyl.

He rued the Umpire Decision Referral System would not be used in the Test series and said that the technology must be used in all Test matches.

"To be very honest, I would have loved to had the referral system (during the India-SA series). I feel the technology needs to be used throughout all Tests. It is tough to see the system used in one Test series and not in another, so on a personal note I'd like to see UDRS being throughout," he said.

The referral system will not be used during the Test series with Indian Cricket Board saying it is still not convinced by the system. And the rule says both teams must agree to it being used.

Van Zyl warned his players that India have been playing some good cricket and they would come hard on them even in South African conditions.

"This Indian team is not ranked number one in the world for no reason. They are a really good team who have played good cricket over the past couple of years and that is why they are number one.

"Playing in South Africa in different conditions obviously worries them a bit and that is the reason why they arrived here a bit early to work on South African conditions and get used to them. It isn't the easiest thing to do when you haven't been playing them for quite a while," said van Zyl.

The coach said that he was hopeful that there would be enough pace and bounce in the home pitches to bother the Indian batsmen.

"We are certainly hoping to have pitches with good pace and bounce but it is one thing to play on them and another to execute your plans well. Short stuff is good as long as it is part of a plan," said van Zyl.

He added that lessons had been learnt by his players in the series against Pakistan on flat wickets and that the bowling attack spearheaded by world's top-ranked Dale Steyn was well equipped to win matches against India.

"We hope to have more responsive wickets than we had against Pakistan. The pitches weren't very responsive and I don't want to go into the reasons for that now. We had our opportunities in the first Test. You never know what might have happened had we held on to our catches. I felt that we improved our lengths after the first Test and we executed much better in the Abu Dhabi Test," van Zyl said.

"The wicket was just too good and both Vincent Barnes and myself were happy with the execution of our lengths and plans on the last day. If we can repeat that in this Test series we will put those thoughts to rest about our ability to take 20 wickets to bowl the opposition out twice."

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