AB de Villiers to lead Proteas against Zimbabwe .

Best of the Tests: South Africa versus Zimbabwe

For South Africa to ovetake India at No.1, they will need to beat Zimbabwe, clean-sweep India 3-0 and beat Australia by a margin of at least two Tests, and de Villiers knows none of it, particularly the India series, will be easy.

It is an experiment, which will also be played with a pink ball as a day/night encounter, that has been met with more enthusiasm in Zimbabwe than their hosts, who will have a number of their experienced campaigners back in action. The floodlights at St George's Park were upgraded during the off-season.

The tourists resumed at 30 for four after having been bullied into submission by a fired-up Morkel in the opening evening session on Tuesday.

Proteas stand-in captain AB de Villiers had no hesitation in enforcing the follow-on with South Africa 241 runs ahead.

First innings top-scorer Hamilton Masakadza was bowled by Lizaad Williams off the second ball of the innings. Those were all against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but he looks well set for the sterner tests to come.

After a cautious start from the South African openers which saw them score just six runs off the first five overs.

Faf du Plessis will miss the four-day, day-night Test against Zimbabwe, which starts on Boxing Day after his recovery from back and shoulder injuries was delayed by a viral infection.

When the post-dinner session began, South Africa were 251 for 4.

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Quinton de Kock suffered a hamstring injury while keeping during Zimbabwe's first innings.

Ryan Burl (51 off 138 balls, 6 fours) and Chamu Chibhabha (55 off 110 balls, 5 fours and a six) were largely responsible for the Zimbabwe fightback as they shared an eighth wicket partnership of 97 that was easily their side's highest of the match.

However, Masikadza was forced to leave the field a few overs later when a rising delivery from Morkel smashed into the right-hander's elbow.

The top order will want to get some time out in the middle with white ball cricket dominating the domestic scene since November and limiting match practice for Test specialists.

The Proteas have to find space in their XI for AB de Villiers with Temba Bavuma the man who may miss out despite his integral role in the team's recent success. A lot of us haven't batted under lights in a long time and especially against the pink ball.

"I'm very excited that they are going to be touring in South Africa".

The runs came a little too easily for Dean Elgar and Markram after De Villiers won the toss in his first Test since January 2016, putting on 72 for the first wicket.

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