England will travel to South Africa for a six-match white-ball tour in November and December.
After a blockbuster summer of international cricket, there has been a fair amount of uncertainty over when we may next get to see Chris Silverwood’s side take the field but we finally have our answer.
The ECB announced today that England will tour South Africa in November and December, playing a three-match T20 series and a three-match ODI series – all of which will be played behind closed doors.
The T20 series will begin at Newlands in Cape Town on the 27th of November with the second game played at Boland Park in Paarl two days later and the final match of the series played back at Newlands on the 1st of December.
The focus will then shift to 50-over cricket, with the ODI series starting at Newlands on the 4th of December. The second ODI will be played at Boland Park two days later before the final game of the series at Newlands on the 9th of December.
Silverwood’s men will depart for South Africa on the 16th of November and will train at Western Province Cricket Club ahead of the start of the T20 series, which will include playing three intra-squad practice matches – one ODI and two T20s.
The England squads for the tour will be confirmed by the national selectors early next month.
In a statement on the ECB website, CEO Tom Harrison noted: “We are looking forward to touring South Africa. I would like to personally thank Cricket South Africa for their efforts in ensuring this tour goes ahead and their diligent work to create an environment that is safe for our players and staff. They are working tirelessly to pull together a bio-secure plan in Cape Town and Paarl.
“We owe it to the sport that we do everything we can to keep international competition progressing during this pandemic.
“Series against the Proteas are always exciting and intense. We saw that earlier this year in South Africa and we can expect the same this time around.”
Cricket South Africa’s acting Chief Executive Kugandrie Govender added: “This is a wonderful boost for cricket.
“The fact that England are the current World Cup champions will add tremendously to the two series and will give our own players every motivation to perform at their very best and challenge the acknowledged champions.”
This is the first England tour that is set to be played behind closed doors due to the current circumstances and though we’re gutted we won’t be there, the prospect of more cricket is an exciting one, particularly given the enthralling contests between the two sides earlier this year.