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Proteas v India: Does winter cricket work?

04 Jun 2020, 19:10 GMT+10

SA playing India at the right venues in winter should present few problems, although history does show exceptions.New Zealand are more accustomed than most opponents to tackling the Proteas 'out of season'.Spray paint and use of a hovercraft have been previous measures to try to ensure play in winter contests in SA.

If it does proceed, it will mark a return to the rare scenario of South Africa risking winter staging of international cricket.

Expect a strong likelihood, if the organisational ball can get rolling, that the Highveld - with possibilities in all of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Potchefstroom and Benoni - and possibly the infusion of Durban for one clash will be central to itinerary thinking.

New Zealand are notably better-versed than any other opponents, historically, in winter playing conditions on our shores.

South Africa won the NZ series 2-0 with one draw ... the middle-game stalemate marking the first time a Test had ever been scheduled to end in May (day five was the first of that month) at Newlands, and the Wanderers, similarly, having a first-time May 5-9 rostering for the final clash.

In August 2015, the New Zealanders again visited in winter, this time for a three-match ODI series, and there were no special snags in any of Centurion, Potchefstroom or Durban as SA prevailed 2-1.

But in a further reminder that idyllic conditions cannot quite be guaranteed at that time of year, the tamely drawn first Test at Kingsmead (August 19-23) was marked by a freak, out-of-season 60mm downpour overnight on day two.

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