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The New Zealand cricket team will host South Africa in a two-match Test series starting on Sunday, February 4.

As per the New Zealand vs South Africa Test 2024 schedule, the first match will be played at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui before the two teams travel to Hamilton to play the second game at Seddon Park scheduled to begin on February 13.

Ranked fifth in the ICC men’s Test rankings, hosts New Zealand will be led by captain Tim Southee.

The Kiwis have also included the world’s top-ranked Test batter and former skipper Kane Williamson in the squad after he withdrew midway through the recently-concluded T20I series against Pakistan.

Apart from Williamson, New Zealand have few other injury concerns as wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell and pacer Kyle Jamieson are also doubtful for the opening Test.

Meanwhile, young right-arm pacer Will O’Rourke has been named in the squad for the second Test.

Having registered one win and one loss against Bangladesh, New Zealand are currently placed third in the WTC 2023-25 standings.

On the other hand, the South Africa cricket team will field a second-string squad in the upcoming Test series as a majority of their regular players are featuring in the SA20, the country’s top T20 competition.

As many as seven uncapped players have been included in the 14-man Test squad to be led by captain-elect Neil Brand.

Interestingly, Neil Brand is among the seven new faces who captained South Africa's A side during their recent series versus West Indies A.

Wicketkeeper-batter David Bedingham and Keegan Petersen are the only two cricketers in the squad that featured in South Africa’s impressive win over India in the first Test.

Khaya Zondo, Dane Paterson and Duanne Olivier have also been recalled to the Test squad.

The Proteas head into the series after being held to a 1-1 draw in the recently-concluded Test series. They are placed second in the WTC 2023-25 standings with 12 points from two matches.

New Zealand vs South Africa head-to-head in Test cricket

South Africa have a dominant head-to-head record against New Zealand in Test cricket. The Proteas have won 26 of the 47 Tests that they have played against the Kiwis. New Zealand have registered just five victories while as many as 26 matches have ended in draws. 

The last time these two sides met, South Africa defeated New Zealand by 198 runs in Christchurch to level the two-match Test series 1-1 in 2022.

Where to watch New Zealand vs South Africa Tests 2024 live in India

Live streaming of the New Zealand vs South Africa Tests 2024 will be available on Amazon Prime Video in India.

There will be no live telecast of the NZ vs RSA Tests 2024 on any TV channel in India.

New Zealand vs South Africa Test 2024 schedule and live match start times

All times in India Standard Time (IST)

Day and Date

Match

Venue

Time (IST)

Sunday, February 4 - Thursday, February 8 

New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test

Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

3:30 AM 

Tuesday, February 13 - Saturday, February 17

New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test

Seddon Park, Hamilton

3:30 AM

New Zealand vs South Africa Test 2024 squads

New Zealand Test squad: Tim Southee (captain), Tom Blundell  (wicket-keeper), Devon Conway  (wicket-keeper), Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham  (wicket-keeper), Daryl Mitchell, Will O’Rourke (second Test only), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young 

South Africa Test squad: Neil Brand (captain), David Bedingham (wicket-keeper), Ruan de Swardt (wicket-keeper), Clyde Fortuin (wicket-keeper), Zubayr Hamza, Tshepo Moreki, Mihlali Mpongwana, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Dane Piedt, Raynard van Tonder, Shaun von Berg, Khaya Zondo

Photo credit: Alamy

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