England Set for Bumper South Africa Tour

England will play four Tests against hosts South Africa towards the end of 2015 with the first contest in Durban.

Updated: November 17, 2014 19:33 IST
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Alastair Cook's English team is ranked fourth while the Proteas are at the top of the table currently.

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Johannesburg: England will tour South Africa for a four-test series in late 2015 and early 2016.

The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa announced the schedule on Monday for a tour that will also include five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games.

The tests will be in Durban from Dec. 26-30, Cape Town from Jan. 2-6, Johannesburg from Jan. 14-18 and Centurion from Jan. 22-26. The limited-overs matches are in February at the end of England's two-month tour.

South Africa is currently top-ranked in tests and No. 2 in ODIs.

ECB managing director Paul Downton said: "it will be a real challenge which our emerging team will relish."

Despite South Africa's success in the five-day format, it hasn't played a four-test series since England's last visit in 2009-10 when the teams drew 1-1.

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