Virat Kohli’s side have won nine successive series to climb to the top of the International Cricket Council’s rankings but most of the success has come on batting friendly wickets. South Africa are expected to prepare ‘green top’ wickets for the Tests.

India have traditionally struggled against the home bowling attack with just two victories in 17 previous Tests on tour in South Africa.

South Africa, who are second in the ICC test rankings, are at full strength for the first time in almost two years as AB de Villiers returns from a lengthy absence from the first class game.

The three Test series is followed by six One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 clashes between the two countries through to the end of February.