Steve Smith will skipper Welsh Fire in English cricket's new Hundred competition two years after being stripped of the Australia captaincy for his role in a ball-tampering scandal.
Jonny Bairstow hit a century but England were defeated in what effectively was a two-phase warm-up match against a Cricket South Africa Invitation XI.
The opening match of the four-Test series starts on December 26 at Centurion.
Jonny Bairstow was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after using "an audible obscenity" during the fifth and final Twenty20 International against New Zealand.
Jonny Bairstow has said that the five-match T20I series against New Zealand will mark the start of a journey towards next year's T20 World Cup, slated to be held in Australia.
England selectors left Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow out from the 15-man Test squad after they failed terribly in the just-concluded Ashes series.
Jonny Bairstow gave Steve Smith a mighty scare when the Australian was scampering to complete a run.
England qualified for the semi-finals of World Cup 2019 with two convincing victories against India and New Zealand.
It is the first time England have reached the semi-finals since 1992, when they made the last of their three losing appearances in the final.
Mohammed Shami also claimed the wicket of centurion Jonny Bairstow in the India vs England World Cup 2019 match in Birmingham.
World Cup 2019 hosts England have been receiving a lot of criticism after they put their once smooth campaign in jeopardy by losing their last two league games.
Eoin Morgan was banned from the 4th ODI by the ICC for maintaining a slow over-rate during the third ODI against Pakistan on Tuesday.
Imam-ul-Haq became the youngest-ever batsman to score a 150-plus knock in One-Day International (ODI) cricket in England.
Jonny Bairstow carried on his recent form from the IPL where he scored 445 runs in 10 games at an average of 55.62 for the SunRisers Hyderabad.
Jonny Bairstow's 128 in a score of 359 for four, helped England go 2-0 up with two to play in a five-match series against Pakistan.
David Warner is IPL 2019's highest run-getter and has scored 517 runs in 9 matches.
Jonny Bairstow scored 445 runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at an average of 63.57.
SunRisers Hyderabad are now fourth on the table but have a match in hand. Kolkata Knight Riders remain stuck at 6th place.