England tour of South Africa 2015-16
South African Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis confirmed that AB de Villiers will continue to open the batting in the shortest form of the game, including the upcoming series against England.
AB de Villiers played a captain’s knock by hitting an unbeaten century as a resurgent South African side went on to defeat England by five wickets by chasing a target of 237 runs in the fifth One-Day International in Cape Town and registered a 3-2 series victory.
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is unlikely to play the fourth Test of the ongoing series against England as a precautionary measure keeping in mind the upcoming limited overs series.
England opening batsman Jason Roy is a doubtful starter for the opening game of the upcoming One-Day International series against South Africa after suffering from back spasms.
England vice-captain Joe Root believes that his team can wrap-up the series with a win in the fourth One-Day International in Johannesburg despite being outplayed by South Africa in the previous game.
South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn will sit out of the third Test against England in Johannesburg after failing to fully recover from the shoulder injury he sustained in the series opener in Durban.
A fantastic knock of 99 from Alex Hales and a quick-fire cameo from Jos Buttler ensured that England chased down South Africa’s target of 263 runs in 46.2 overs to claim a 2-0 lead in the series with a five-wicket victory in the second One-Day International in Port Elizabeth.
Moeen Ali picked up three wickets on the final day to dismiss South Africa for 174 in the final innings and secure a massive 241-run victory for England in the first Test in Durban.
Chris Morris once again played a timely cameo to take South Africa home to a thrilling three-wicket win against England in a tense last-ball finish in the first Twenty20 International in Cape Town.
England’s two and a half month tour of South Africa was a series of ups and downs for both teams, though neither side should feel too disappointed with their respective performances. Laura Williamson reviews.
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Highveld Lions opening batsman Stephen Cook has been added to the South African squad to face England in the final Test in Centurion.
England fast bowler Steven Finn will no longer take part in the ongoing South African tour after suffering a side strain in the recently concluded third Test and has been replaced by Liam Plunkett in the limited overs squad.
England will head to South Africa next December where they will play four Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.
England fast bowler Mark Wood is likely to miss out on the tour of South Africa after having failed to recover from the chronic ankle injury according to a report from the BBC.
England's Jonny Bairstow expressed his desire to make his role as the wicket-keeper batsman permanent after having struck his maiden Test hundred in the second Test against South Africa.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his breathtaking knock of 258 in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
England fast bowler Steven Finn reckons that the backdrop of the Newlands ground in Cape Town was a factor which contributed to the fielders dropping catches on day three of the second Test.
England opening batsman Alex Hales said he loves the challenges thrown to him in Test cricket after scoring his maiden half-century on day one of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
England batsman James Taylor stated that he enjoyed the partnership with Nick Compton on the first day of the first Test match against South Africa in Durban.
South African batsman AB de Villiers is concerned about his increasing workload across the three formats of the game amidst rumours over a possible retirement from Test cricket.
South Africa have included uncapped fast bowler Hardus Viljoen as a cover for Kyle Abbott in the squad for the second Test against England at Cape Town.
England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan stated that the players are keen to keep learning and improving their game despite the setback suffered in the series defeats against South Africa.
For registering his career best figures with a seven-wicket haul in the fourth Test against England in Centurion, South Africa's pace sensation Kagiso Rabada is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Former England off-spinner Robert Croft will join the coaching staff of the national team ahead of the upcoming One-Day International series against South Africa which begins in February.
South African captain AB de Villiers acknowledges that there is some truth in the rumours concerning his retirement from Test cricket.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has thanked the bowling coach Ottis Gibson for helping him become an improved bowler after leading the bowling attack in the absence of James Anderson.
South Africa's upcoming One-Day International campaign against England received an early setback as their pace spearhead Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the series.
South African batsman Stiaan van Zyl has been dropped for the fourth and final Test against England in Centurion while Dale Steyn has also been ruled out of the game.
South African fast bowler Chris Morris is confident that the pitch in Johannesburg will offer plenty of assistance to the bowlers in the upcoming third Test against England.
England fast bowler Reece Topley has been officially reprimanded by the International Cricket Council for smashing the stumps at the bowler's end in the first Twenty20 International against South Africa.
England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan is disappointed that his team was not able to seize on the opportunities to defeat South Africa in the recently concluded One-Day International series.
South Africa have dropped to the third position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings after their seven-wicket defeat against England in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Kagiso Rabada produced his career best figures of 112 for seven to dismiss England for 342 in their first innings after which South Africa extended their lead to 175 runs with nine wickets in hand at stumps on day three of the fourth Test in Centurion.
Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla scored fluent centuries, while sharing a massive 239-run opening stand as South Africa chased down England's total of 318 with seven wickets and 22 deliveries to spare in the third One-Day International in Centurion.
The England selectors have announced a 16-man Test squad for the tour of South Africa, which features the return of Gary Ballance and Nick Compton.
Quinton de Kock's unbeaten 96-ball knock of 138 runs went in vain as England managed to defeat South Africa by 39 runs (D/L) in the rain curtailed first One-Day International in Bloemfontein.
Stuart Broad is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his series-clinching eight-wicket haul for England in the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
South Africa received a major boost with their pace spearhead Dale Steyn clearing a fitness test conducted prior to the start of the Test series against England.
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen came down heavily on the England selectors for having dropped Ian Bell for the South African tour by terming it a ridiculous move.
Stuart Broad's performance in the ongoing Test series against South Africa has reaped benefits as he has been named as the replacement for the injured Liam Plunkett in the England One-Day International squad.
Alex Hales continued his rich vein of form with another fifty while Eoin Morgan scored a blistering knock of 42 as England XI defeated South Africa A in the Twenty 20 tour match by 44 runs in Paarl.
A record breaking double hundred from Ben Stokes and a maiden century from Jonny Bairstow helped England post 629 runs in their first innings following which Hashim Amla's unbeaten fifty guided South Africa to 141 for two at stumps on day two of the second Test in Cape Town.
The England selectors have named 15-man squads for the One-Day International and Twenty20 International series to face South Africa in February with Ben Stokes and Steven Finn making a return.
Chris Morris scored a terrific 62 off 38 deliveries to help South Africa secure a thrilling one-wicket victory against England in the fourth One-Day International in Johannesburg and level the series 2-2.
South African captain AB de Villiers is confident that his team can find the weaknesses in the England batting lineup ahead of the fourth and final Test match in Centurion.
South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn termed the rumours that he is nearing the end of his career as “absolute rubbish” and reaffirmed his desire to play for his country during the tough times.
After already defeating South Africa in the series, England will be keen to keep their winning momentum going when they lock horns in the fourth Test in Centurion on Friday.
Former England coach Peter Moores wants Gary Ballance to be batting at the number three position in the upcoming Test series against South Africa.
South African fast bowler Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the first two Test matches against England due to the ankle injury he picked during the tour of India.
South African fast bowler Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing four-match Test series against England after failing to recover from his ankle injury.
England opening batsman Alex Hales is a doubtful starter for the third Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg after suffering a stomach bug on Wednesday.
England all-rounder Samit Patel stated that he is looking forward to developing the right attitude in a bid to cement his place in the national team.
England captain Alastair Cook has blamed his team's poor batting and fielding efforts for the 280-run defeat against South Africa in the fourth Test in Centurion.
With both the teams winning two games apiece, South Africa and England will lock horns for the final game in Cape Town on Sunday.
Alastair Cook scored an unbeaten gritty half-century to take England to 138 for two at stumps on day two after Quinton de Kock's maiden century propelled South Africa's first innings total to 475 in the fourth Test in Centurion.
The South African selectors have named an unchanged squad for the third and fourth matches of the ongoing Test series against England.
Stuart Broad has become the first England bowler to claim the top spot in the International Cricket Council Test bowler rankings since 2004 after taking eight wickets in the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Stephen Cook became the hundredth debutant to score a Test century after which England pegged back the South African first innings total to 329 for five at stumps on day one of the fourth Test in Centurion.
England captain Alastair Cook stated that the recent comments of the South African captain AB de Villiers will add spice to the contest ahead of the fourth Test between the two teams in Centurion.
South African batsman Hashim Amla has tendered his resignation from the Test captaincy after the completion of the second Test in Cape Town which ended in a draw.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is a pleased man after being named as the man of the series for his all-round efforts in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa.
England's bowlers put in an all-round disciplined performance to bowl out South Africa Invitation XI for 188 runs and end the day with a 381-run lead with seven wickets in hand in the first tour game in Potchefstroom.
England coach Trevor Bayliss has challenged his players to secure a 3-0 margin in the ongoing Test series against South Africa after they claimed an unassailable lead of 2-0 with a victory in the third Test in Johannesburg.
England captain Alastair Cook is expecting the injured pace bowler Steven Finn to return to action at some stage during their upcoming tour of South Africa which kicks off on 26th December.
South Africa dismissed the England top order cheaply and left them struggling at 52 for three after setting a target of 382 runs with the help of a patient 96-run knock from Hashim Amla and an unbeaten fifty from Temba Bavuma on day four of the fourth Test match in Centurion.
Former England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham feels that Ben Stokes is a better player than he was at the age of 24 after smashing a record breaking double hundred against South Africa in the second Test in Cape Town.
The last time the two teams met, in 2012, South Africa scripted a great tale beating England in their own den 2-0, winning the final Test by an innings and 12 runs. What to expect this time?
The knocks from Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in the previous game has set up the fourth ODI in Johannesburg which is expected to be another run-fest.
James Taylor notched a run-a-ball 116 after which the England XI bowlers dismissed South Africa A for 205 runs to secure a massive 163-run victory in the tour game in Kimberley.
Joe Root led England's charge with an unbeaten hundred to push the total to 238 for five, trailing South Africa by 75 runs at stumps after the Proteas were bowled out for 313 runs in their first innings on the second day of the third Test in Johannesburg which ended early due to bad light.
With the ICC World Twenty20 less than a month away, both England and South Africa will be keen to get their combinations right when they lock horns in the first T20I in Cape Town on Thursday.
England pace spearhead James Anderson is in doubt for the Boxing Day Test against South Africa after suffering a stiffness in his right calf muscle.
The South African selectors on Thursday announced a 13-man squad for the first two Tests against England which begins on 26th December in Durban.
In the span of two months, South Africa lost two things extremely valuable - their decade long invincibility in away tours and their coveted number one Test ranking. India ensured the first, England affected the second.
South Africa have added fast bowler Chris Morris and wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock to the squad for the second Test against England.
After dominating the first two one-day games of their South African tour, England will be aiming to wrap up the five match ODI series when the third One-Day International takes place on Tuesday at Centurion.
England fast bowler Mark Footitt says that he is completely ready to take up his chance in Test cricket in the upcoming series against South Africa.
After a high-scoring encounter in Bloemfontein, England will look to build on the momentum when they take on South Africa in the second One-Day International in Port Elizabeth.
South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has passed a fitness Test and is cleared to take part in the fourth and final Test match against England in Centurion on Friday.
South African opening batsman Dean Elgar admitted that his team were taken by surprise by the stupendous double century from Ben Stokes on day two of the second Test in Cape Town.
The England team management will decide on who takes up the number three spot in the batting line up after the completion of the practice matches ahead of the Test series against South Africa.
Following a resounding victory in the first Test against South Africa, England will be looking to extend their domination in the second game in Cape Town.
Dean Elgar struck a patient unbeaten fifty to hold South Africa's innings together even as Stuart Broad took three crucial wickets to reduce the hosts to 137 for four with a deficit of 166 runs at stumps on day two of the first Test in Durban.
England's Test campaign in South Africa has received a shot in the arm with the return of fast bowler Steven Finn, who is set to join the squad ahead of the first match in Durban.
After winning the Test series 2-1, England will lock horns with South Africa in the first One-Day International in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
England captain Alastair Cook is pleased with the manner in which his team won the third Test in Johannesburg to take a series-clinching 2-0 lead in the four-match series against South Africa.
Newly appointed South African Test captain AB de Villiers praised England and their bowling attack after the seven-wicket defeat in the third Test in Johannesburg.
England batsman Joe Root is looking to covert his hundred into a big score in order to build a lead against South Africa in the third Test match in Johannesburg.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali has urged his team to push for victory in the ongoing fourth Test against South Africa in Centurion after they conceded a 133-run first innings lead on day three.
Moeen Ali spun a web around South Africa A batsmen with his six-wicket haul to secure an innings victory for England in the final day of the tour game in Pietermaritzburg.
A 13-wicket haul from Kagiso Rabada ended South Africa’s winless run in Test cricket as they handed a 280-run defeat to England by taking seven wickets in the first session of the fifth day to wrap up the fourth Test match in Centurion.
James Taylor and Nick Compton shared a 125-run stand to rebuild England’s innings after Dale Steyn returned from injury with a splendid three-wicket haul allowing South Africa to restrict the visitors to 179 for four at stumps on a rain dampened day one of the first Test in Durban.
England bowling coach Otis Gibson has revealed that fast bowler Steven Finn is in contention to be selected for the first Test match against South Africa in Durban.
England pace spearhead James Anderson has confirmed that Nick Compton will be available for selection for the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg after recovering from a stomach illness.
Steady fifties from Alex Hales, Joe Root and Ben Stokes pushed England to a total of 317 for five at stumps on day one of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn will be allowed to bowl provided he clears the warm-up ahead of the fourth day of the second Test against England after scans on his shoulder were inconclusive.
South Africa declared after a maiden Test hundred from Temba Bavuma took their total to 627 for seven following which England safely negotiated six tricky overs to end day four of the second Test in Cape Town with an 18-run lead.
A collective effort from England bowlers restricted South Africa to 267 for seven at stumps on day one of the third Test in Johannesburg.
Ben Stokes and James Taylor smacked unbeaten hundreds as England raced to 470 for five at the end of the first day of the tour match against South Africa Invitation XI in Potchefstroom.
South Africa pacer Morne Morkel wants a fit James Anderson to feature in the England lineup for the Boxing Day Test in Durban to make it a competitive series.
After leading the four-match series 1-0, England will be desperate to win the Basil D'Oliveira trophy when they lock horns with South Africa for the third Test in Johannesburg.
A brilliant six-wicket haul by Stuart Broad dismantled South Africa for 83 in their second innings as England chased down the paltry target of 74 runs in 22.4 overs to inflict a seven-wicket defeat on the Proteas thereby finishing the third Test within three days and sealing the four-match series 2-0.
England fast bowler James Anderson stated that it feels good to have lasted the marathon bowling innings in Cape Town where South Africa scored 627 for seven in their first innings from 211 overs.
South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has called for his team to remain positive amidst the poor run of results which recently culminated in a series defeat against England.
England have been dented a huge blow as their pace spearhead James Anderson has been ruled out of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa in Durban.
England captain Alastair Cook stated that his team is hungry for more success after defeating South Africa by 241 runs in the first Test in Durban.
Hashim Amla signalled his return to form with an unbeaten 157 while AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis hit fifties to take South Africa's total to 353 for three at stumps on day three still trailing England by 276 runs in the second Test in Cape Town.
England fast bowler Chris Woakes stated that Alex Hales' lack of runs in the practice match against South Africa Invitation XI in Potchefstroom was not a concern.
England fast bowler Steven Finn is confident that his team is in a great position to push for a historic victory against South Africa in the first Test in Durban.
Steven Finn made a strong case for his selection with a four-wicket haul that helped England bowl South Africa A out for 136 runs before Alastair Cook and Alex Hales posted an unbeaten opening stand of 64 runs on the first day of the practice match in Pietermaritzburg.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been charged by the International Cricket Council for kicking the Newlands pitch on the fourth day of the second Test in Cape Town.
England coach Trevor Bayliss has indicated that all-rounder Ben Stokes will be given the licence to play his natural game with the bat after having scored a record-shattering double hundred against South Africa.
South Africa picked as many as six wickets in the first two sessions of the final day giving the visitors a scare but Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow saw England through to safety with the gloomy weather finally ending the second Test in Cape Town as a draw.
Riding on Joe Root's unbeaten half-century England scored 172 for three at stumps on day three to stretch their lead to 261 runs with seven wickets in hand after Dean Elgar's unbeaten hundred remained the only saving grace for South Africa in their first innings of the first Test in Durban.
England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is aiming to cement his place behind the stumps after being designated as the first-choice keeper for the first Test against South Africa in Durban.
Steven Finn took three wickets to reduce South Africa to 136 for four in a chase of 416 runs, putting England on a course for their first Test win against the Proteas since December 2009 despite a solid resistance from AB de Villiers.
England captain Alastair Cook stated that the team management will adopt a careful approach with the return of James Anderson for the second Test against South Africa.
Alastair Cook and Joe Root scored centuries as England extended their domination on day two of the tour game against South Africa A in Pietermaritzburg needing eight more wickets on the final day for a victory.
Junior Dala rattled England with a five-wicket haul on the final day following which a thunderstorm forced the umpires to call off the remainder of the play ending the first tour match in Potchefstroom as a draw.