Zimbabwe will have an opportunity of preparing for their four day test match against South Africa starting on Boxing Day when they face South Africa XI in a 3-day warm up encounter beginning tomorrow.

South Africa XI will feature the likes of Dale Steyn and Temba Bavuma with Dominic Hendricks set to captain the team.

The Chevrons are hoping to cause an upset against the Proteas in a four day pink ball test match which will begin on Boxing Day and the 3-day warm up against a South African XI will be vital in preparing Heath Streak’s charges for the S.A test.

Graeme Cremer will captain the Chevrons with Hamilton Masakadza looking to build on impressive outings against the West Indies recently.

Also eager to replicate recent form will be Sikander Razza who impressed with both bat and ball in the Chevrons encounters against the Windies at Queens Sports Club.

Ryan Burl and Blessing Muzarabani are hoping to repay the faith shown in them by Heath Streak but the duo will have to work for their places in the test squad to face South Africa.

Zimbabwe will be in the cricket history books by becoming the first team to lay in a four day test match when they face the Proteas.

The encounter will be a day/night test.

A minimum of 98 overs per day will be played in the upcoming inaugural four-day test between South Africa and Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth as per the International Cricket Council playing conditions.