Bumper 2012 UK tour for SA
Proteas coach Gary Kirsten (File)
Cape Town - The England Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday announced the match schedule for next summer which will see England host tours by West Indies, Australia and South Africa.
West Indies will kick off next summer’s international programme with a three-match Test Series against England to be staged at Lord’s, Trent Bridge and Edgbaston followed by a three-match NatWest Series and a NatWest International T20.
Australia, currently the world’s No 1 ranked ODI side, are then scheduled to take on their hosts in a five-match NatWest Series before the five day game resumes with Andrew Strauss’s side taking on South Africa in Test Matches at The Oval, Headingley and Lord’s.
England will round off their summer with a One Day International against Scotland in August followed by a five-match NatWest Series and three NatWest International T20 matches against South Africa.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “With England looking to maintain its position as the number one side in the ICC’s World Test rankings and also preparing to defend the World T20 title in Sri Lanka next autumn, interest in next summer’s international programme will be intense.
“A record number of people attended this season’s international fixtures and with an exciting summer in prospect again in 2012, we would urge spectators to buy tickets early in order to avoid disappointment.” South Africa's tour to the UK in 2012:
Thu 5 or Fri 6 July - South Africa arrive
Mon 9-Tue 10 July - 2-day match v Somerset - Taunton
Fri 13-Sun 15 July - 3-day match v Kent - Canterbury Thu 19-Mon 23 July - 1st Test Match - Kia Oval
Fri 27-Sat 28 July - 2-day match v Worcestershire - New Road, WorcesterThu 2-Mon 6 Aug - 2nd Test Match - Headingley Carnegie
Fri 10-Sat 11 Aug - 2-day match v Derbyshire - DerbyThu 16-Mon 20 Aug - 3rd Test Match - Lord's
Wed 22 Aug - 50-over match v Gloucestershire - BristolFri 24 Aug - 1st NatWest ODI - SWALEC Stadium, CardiffTue 28 Aug - 2nd NatWest ODI (D/N) - Rose BowlFri 31 Aug - 3rd NatWest ODI (D/N) - Kia Oval Sun 2 Sept - 4th NatWest ODI - Lord's Wed 5 Sept - 5th NatWest ODI (D/N) - Trent BridgeSat 8 Sept - 1st NatWest Int. T20 - Emirates Durham ICG Mon 10 Sept - 2nd NatWest Int. T20 (F) - Old Trafford Wed 12 Sept - 3rd NatWest Int. T20 (F) - Edgbaston
Thu 13 Sept - South Africa Team departs for ICC World T20