Updated: Feb 19
England will be flying to South Africa on the 16th of November for a white ball series, with three t20s taking place on the 27th, 29th of November and 1st of December, and the three ODIs on the 4th, 6th and 9th of December. The matches will be played at Cape Town and Paarl.
The South Africa Government have given the tour the go-ahead after speculation about the future in recent weeks, with the England players to be granted exemptions for their travel into the country.
South Africa will be delighted to have the tour, having not played any international cricket since the Covid-19 pandemic spread. The main question will surround the possible return of star batter AB de Villiers, who has been setting the IPL alight for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
A squad is expected early next month, and with the IPL currently in full swing, the selectors have a good chance to see the form of England's players. Sam Curran, who is performing well for Chennai Super Kings, may be in with a chance of a recall, having last played an It20 last year in New Zealand.
England were only in South Africa last winter, when cult hero Joe Denly scored two fifties in two ODI innings, before a tense, high-scoring t20 series was played out.
Eoin Morgan's priority will be on the upcoming t20 World Cup in India, during Autumn of next year. Given England's abundance of white ball openers, finding a solid top order will be a key, as will a reliable powerplay wicket taker.
Presumably, Ben Stokes will also make his return to England's white ball side, having not played a limited overs match for his country since the t20 series in SA last time round, with his most recent ODI being that unforgettable World Cup final. Stokes, along with Jos Buttler and the in-from Jofra Archer, are currently trying to rescue the Rajasthan Royal's IPL season.
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