The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the England men’s team will tour South Africa across late November and early December.
England’s white-ball side will play South Africa in three Twenty20 fixtures and three ODIs place behind closed doors in Cape Town and Paarl.
The international tour marks the first undertaken by an England cricket team since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) approved the plans with the South African government this week, allowing England exemptions for inbound travel.
Eoin Morgan’s squad will be based in Cape Town, where they will play three intra-squad practice matches – two T20s and one 50-over match – before the series gets under way.
The three T20 fixtures will take place between 27 November and 1 December before the first ODI match follows on 4 December. The final ODI fixture will be held on 9 December.
Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are looking forward to touring South Africa. I would like to personally thank CSA for their efforts in ensuring this tour goes ahead and their diligent work to create an environment that is safe for our players and staff. They are working tirelessly to pull together a bio-secure plan in Cape Town and Paarl.
“We owe it to the sport that we do everything we can to keep international competition progressing during this pandemic. Series against the Proteas are always exciting and intense. We saw that earlier this year in South Africa and we can expect the same this time around.”
“This is a wonderful boost for cricket,” added CSA Acting Chief Executive Kugandrie Govender.
“We are also very grateful to the ECB for the support they have given us in many areas and we will be able to draw on their own experiences and help in organising and running international cricket under bio-secure conditions.
“This is a first for us and we commit to learn quickly and with great responsiveness as we have an action-packed international season ahead of us.”
National Selectors will confirm the England touring squad early in November.
21 November: 50-over England intra-squad practice match (Newlands, Cape Town)
23 November: Two T20 England intra-squad practice matches (Boland Park, Paarl)
27 November: 1st T20 South Africa vs England (Newlands, Cape Town)
29 November: 2nd T20 South Africa vs England (Boland Park, Paarl)
1 December: 3rd T20 South Africa vs England (Newlands, Cape Town)
4 December: 1st ODI South Africa vs England (Newlands, Cape Town)
6 December: 2nd ODI South Africa vs England (Boland Park, Cape Town)
9 December: 3rd ODI South Africa vs England (Newlands, Cape Town)