Sachin Tendulkar could play his 200th Test at Newlands, in Cape Town, from January 2 to 6, 2014. Tendulkar, who has so far played 198 Tests, could be the first cricketer to play 200 Tests on the ground where he last scored a Test hundred in 2011.

However, India will first play two T20s and seven ODIs before the Test series against the top-ranked Test team.

The schedule: Nov 18: T20 tour match; Nov 21: 1st T20 International, Johannesburg (D/N); Nov 24: 2nd T20 International, Cape Town (Day); Nov 27: 1st ODI, Durban (D/N); Nov 30: 2nd ODI, St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth (Day) Dec 3: 3rd ODI, East London (D/N); Dec 6: 4th ODI, Centurion (D/N); Dec 8: 5th ODI, Johannesburg (Day); Dec 12: 6th ODI, Bloemfontein (D/N); Dec 15: 7th ODI, Cape Town (Day); Dec 18-19: Tour Match; Dec 22-23: Tour match; Dec 26-30: 1st Test, Durban;

Jan 2-6, 2014: 2nd Test, Cape Town; Jan 15-19: 3rd Test, Johannesburg.

Ojha eyes quick return

From being a match-winner to being dropped, Pragyan Ojha has seen it all in a very short span of time. But the 26-year spinner is confident of bouncing back and making the cut for India's South Africa tour.

Despite a good outing last season, the selectors have ignored him for the Zimbabwe tour and the India A tour to South Africa. "With the domestic season about to begin, my target is to rediscover the old rhythm and be ready for the big league," the left-arm spinner told TOI.

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