LIGHTWEIGHT Zimbabwe entertain South Africaa��s Proteas in a one-off Test match at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
The Proteas are Test cricketa��s highest ranked side and cricket lovers from all walks of life will shift their attention to the match to see how Steve Mangongoa��s charges will perform against the highly fancied South Africans.
South Africa jetted in the country on Wednesday for a series comprising a single Test match and three One-Day Internationals. The ODIsA� will be played at Bulawayoa��s Queens Sports Club starting on 17 August.
Zimbabwe will face South Africa in a one off Test match at Harare Sports Club after which the two sides will travel to Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo for a series of three One Day Internationals.
Australia, who are former world champions, will then arrive on 22 August to join the two Sothern Africa teams in a triangular series and have named a strong squad for the games, beginning on August 25.
Mangongo, who has previously coached the side on a caretaker basis, recently took over substantively from Andy Waller, who has been promoted to the position of director of coaching.
The last time South Africa were in Zimbabwe for a Test match, the tourists won the two game series 1-0 after the second match was drawn.
Mangongo feels Zimbabwea��s lacklustre performance against Afghanistan in the just-ended tour has given him an idea about the areas he needs to work on.
Zimbabwe blew a 2-0 lead in the ODI series to draw two all with the emerging Asian nation before a four-day game series was also drawn 1-1.
There were some positives though picked from the Zimbabwe A squad, with a couple of players raising their hands up for selection.
Among them was former Test batsman Mark Vermeulen, who scored a century in the teama��s 35-run defeat to the Asian side in the first of the four-day match series at Country Club.
For this series, South Africa have rested the right arm fast bowling duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel while all rounder Vernon Philander also takes a break.
This, however, will see the introduction of uncapped left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw and the bowling duo of bowlers Mthokozisi Shezi, Marchant de Lange and Kyle Abbot. The trio of Steyn, Morkel and Philander are expected to later join the rest of the squad for the tri-series, which also includes Australia.
Hashim Amla (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, captain), AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans, vice-captain), Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), JP Duminy (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans), Dean Elgar (The Unlimited Titans), Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Alviro Petersen (bizhub Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras) and Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras).