Low-on-confidence England are eyeing a rare away series win when they will South Africa in the four-Test series, starting from December 26 in Centurion.
The Proteas’s cricket are going through some seriously tough times in the recent past, not just on the field but off the field as well.
It all started with a rather disappointing outing in the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup where the team ended as low as seventh on the league table with just seven points in nine matches.
That performance was then followed by a disastrous tour of India where the Proteas were thrashed in the five-day format and managed to win just a solitary T20I on the tour in six matches in total.
Those troubles are now beginning to show off the field as well where there are major changes at the very top and the team is now also expecting a new coaching staff for the upcoming series as well.
The team will be led by Faf Du Plessis who will also have the services of the likes of Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada to outshine the English team which is more than vulnerable in the red-ball cricket.
In their last five-day assignment, South Africa suffered a 3-0 whitewash away from home while playing against Virat Kohli’s men in a series where there was pretty much no contest on display.
On the other hand, the visitors are coming in the series after suffering another away defeat, this time against high-flying Black Caps.
Joe Root’s men were on the wrong side of the 1-0 score line, courtesy an innings defeat in the first Test.
Therefore, the team management will be hoping to see some kind of reaction from the players against an opposition who themselves are struggling to put their house in order.
The team will be led by in-form Root who will be accompanied by the likes of star all-rounder Ben Stokes, Joe Denly and pacer Jofra Archer who will have the responsibility of putting the home side under pressure.
Both teams have competed in 149 Tests in the history of five-day format where England have an upper hand with 61 wins compared to South Africa’s 33 victories whereas 55 games ended as a draw.
In the previous five outings between both oppositions, it is once again advantage England who have emerged victorious in three matches compared to Proteas’ two victories.
South Africa Vs England 2019-20 Schedule
1st Test –South Africa vs England
Thursday, Dec 26, 2019, at 08:00 GMT
2nd Test – South Africa vs England
Friday, Jan 03, 2019, at 08:30 GMT
3rd Test– South Africa vs England
Thursday, Jan 16, 2019, at 08:00 GMT
4th Test – South Africa vs England
Friday, Jan 24, 2019, at 08:00 GMT
1st ODI – South Africa vs England
Saturday, Feb 4, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
2nd ODI– South Africa vs England
Friday, Feb 7, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
3rd ODI– South Africa vs England
Sunday, Feb 9, 2019, at 08:00 GMT
1st T20I-South Africa vs England
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2019, at 04:00 GMT
2nd T20I – South Africa vs England
Friday, Feb 14, 2019, at 04:00 GMT
3rd T20I – South Africa vs England
Sunday, Feb 16, 2019, at 12:30 GMT