Just a few hours until India and South Africa set off on a three-Test series that should have an impact for both sides, depending on the outcome.
Changes for India, with Bumrah unfortunately injured, although they have a couple of more than decent pace men to complement Ashwin and Radeja with the slower ball. The two spinners have great combined results on home soil.
Pant makes way for Saha behind the stumps, but I have confidence Pant will be in the team on batting merit before too long.
For South Africa, they haven’t had their troubles to seek but there is the nucleus of a very bright, talented young team there.
Given it is India at home then it is hard to see past them for the series, the surfaces will suit them far better and while the SAFs have upgraded in the spin department, it isn’t going to be close to the hosts.
For those with Sky, it appears to be on one of the international channels, Star Gold, at 887. Play seems to start at five am though! That would seem to suggest the evening session commences somewhere around ten am which is more realistic! Can’t find any indication of highlight programmes on Sky Sports or BT and forget to check Star. For those without Sky there will be online radio coverage, both from Indian and South African broadcasters for sure.