South Africa tour itinerary revealed

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Cricket South Africa has today announced the schedule for England's tour this winter, which will start on November 7.

The tour will open with the two Twenty20 internationals in Johannesburg and Centurion and will be followed by five ODIs in Johannesburg, Centurion, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban - with three under floodlights.

The four Test matches will begin on December 16 in Centurion followed by the Boxing Day Test in Durban, the New Year Test in Cape Town, with the series concluding with the fourth Test in Johannesburg. The team will return to the UK on January 19.

Hugh Morris, England Cricket managing director, said: “We are grateful to colleagues and friends in South Africa who have worked with us to provide what we believe is an exciting and well balanced tour.

“It makes good sense to start with the ODIs given the schedule of cricket that we have in September, October and November 2009.”

“The four Test matches are scheduled for iconic grounds of South Africa and I am sure that thousands of England supporters will be looking forward to spending their Christmas and New Year holidays following the team.”

Itinerary for England’s tour of South Africa:

Nov 7: England squad arrives in South Africa

Nov 10: South Africa A, 20-over tour match, OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein (d/n)
Nov 13: 1st Standard Bank Pro20 international, Wanderers, Johannesburg (d/n)
Nov 15: 2nd Standard Bank Pro20 international, SuperSport Park, Centurion

Nov 17: South Africa A, 50-over tour match, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom (d/n)
Nov 20: 1st MTN one-day international, Wanderers, Johannesburg (d/n)
Nov 22: 2nd MTN one-day international, SuperSport Park, Centurion
Nov 27: 3rd MTN one-day international, Sahara Park, Newlands, Cape Town (d/n)
Nov 29: 4th MTN one-day international, Sahara Oval, St. George’s, Port Elizabeth
Dec 4: 5th MTN one-day international, Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban (d/n)

Dec 9-10: SA Airways XI, tour match, Buffalo Park, East London
Dec 11-12: SA Airways XI, tour match, Buffalo Park, East London
Dec 16-20: 1st Castle Test, SuperSport Park, Centurion
Dec 26-30: 2nd Castle Test, Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban
Jan 3-7: 3rd Castle Test, Sahara Park, Newlands, Cape Town
Jan 14-18: 4th Castle Test, Wanderers, Johannesburg

Jan 19: England squad departs

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