South Africa face Derbyshire ahead of Test series finale

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SOUTH Africa’s preparations for the final Investec Test Match against England sees them take on Derbyshire at the County Ground on Friday in a two-day fixture.

Following their draw at Headingley earlier this week, the Proteas lead the three-match series against England 1-0 heading into the decider at Lord’s - a game which will also decide who is the world’s top Test team.

A batting line-up containing the likes of Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis – plus the 90 miles-per-hour firepower of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel – will pose a significant challenge for Derbyshire with both bat and ball.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Our lads are looking forward to testing our skills against some of the best players in the world.

“It will be great for our members and supporters to see such high profile players in action at Derby.”

The match against Derbyshire will be played under Test match rules, with an 11am start and 90 overs scheduled for each day.

The team batting first will declare at the conclusion of day one if they haven’t been dismissed. On the final day, if both captains accept there is no prospect of either side achieving a victory, they may agree to finish the match at the commencement of the last hour or when 15 overs remain.

Entry is free for under-16s upon completion of a form at the gate. Adult tickets cost £13 in advance or £16 on the gate.