India warm-up fixture abandoned entirely

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India's quest for valuable match practice ahead of a crucial Test series against the Proteas has been thwarted by inclement weather, after a two-day tour fixture with the South African Invitation XI was abandoned without a ball bowled.

India's quest for valuable match practice ahead of a crucial Test series against the Proteas has been thwarted by inclement weather, after a two-day tour fixture with the South African Invitation XI was abandoned without a ball bowled.

Friday was completely washed out – and grounds staff at Willowmoore Park in Benoni insisted that more than 800 millimetres of rain in the past three weeks would not allow for adequate preparation for Saturday's proceedings.

Umpires Shaun George and Adrian Holdstock and match referee Barry Lambson, subsequently, decided to end the damp squib entirely.

The hosts won the preceding three-ODI series against the same opposition on the back of three consecutive centuries from opening batsman – and Player of the Series – Quinton de Kock.

The first Test will get underway at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Kingsmead in Durban will host the second and final game, starting on 26 December.

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