Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi to travel as net bowlers with Team India on South Africa tour

first_imgIndia are not leaving any stone unturned in their bid to do well on the tour of South Africa.The first Test between the two teams gets underway on January 5 in Cape Town and Virat Kohli’s world no.1 Test team is keen to do well overseas after a dominant run at home.Cricket South Africa, on Monday, confirmed the Indian team had chosen to cancel their two-day tour game at Boland Park to focus on training.”Please be advised that the two-day warm-up match for India at Eurolux Boland Park will no longer be taking place.India have opted for training sessions on those days,” the CSA said in a release.No official reason has been given for the cancellation of the warm-up game but the change in schedule would mean that India will head into the Test series — starting January 5 next year in Cape Town — without a practice match.Meanwhile, in a first, young pacers Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan, Navdeep Saini and Basil Thampi will be travelling with the Indian team to South Africa as net bowlers, a top BCCI official told PTI.The idea is to help the visiting batsmen prepare well for the South African fast bowlers.The timings for the day-night ODI matches have been changed too. All the games have been advanced by half an hour.(With PTI inputs)last_img