In a bid to get quality practice against quick bowlers, India have shelved their plan of playing a tour game and instead summoned four rookie pacers to travel with the team to South Africa.
The quartet includes Hyderabad's Mohammad Siraj, Madhya Pradesh's Avesh Khan, Navdeep Saini of Delhi and Kerala's yorker specialist Basil Thampi.
India have always had the problems of quality net bowlers on overseas tours which greatly hampers the practice of the batsmen.
Earlier in the day, Cricket South Africa stated that India's two-day tour game ahead of their Test series was cancelled. Instead, they will now train on those days, according to the Cricket South Africa.
The only concern that the BCCI will have to address is that the Indian team's support staff would be busy with the T20I series against Sri Lanka which begins from December 20.
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