Zimbabwe preparation for Proteas

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Tatenda Taibu & Jacques Rudolph

Jacques Rudolph sweeps during South Africa's previous home one-day series against a weakened Zimbabwe in 2005

South Africa will host neighbours Zimbabwe in two one-day internationals during the build-up to their series against England which starts next month.

The teams, who last met each other in South Africa in 2005, will clash in the first match on November 8 at Willowmoore Park, followed by a meeting at Centurion two days later.

“I am delighted to announce the return of Zimbabwe to South Africa,” said Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola.

“Part of our commitment to the ICC is to promote and advance cricket throughout the African continent.

“Zimbabwe have a much stronger side than the last one to visit us.

“This was borne out by their recent 4-1 victory over Kenya and the Proteas can expect some tough opposition.”

England arrive in South Africa at the start of November for a near-three month tour, which includes four Test matches, two Twenty20 internationals and a five-match one-day series.

The first encounter is a Twenty20 international match at the Wanderers on November 13.

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