Durban – KwaZulu-Natal cricket fans can look forward to two high quality internationals when the Standard Bank Proteas host England in Durban for a One Day International and a T20 International in February next year.
The ODI will take place on Friday 7 February, followed by the T20 International on Friday 14 February, and Durban will once again be a popular destination for England’s famous Barmy Army travelling supporters.
The rivalry between England and South Africa will be in the spotlight this month when these two sides face one another in the opening match of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup at the Oval next Thursday. Cricket fans will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of the English for what promises to be another very competitive series.
“The English fans are fantastic and we look forward to welcoming them to Kingsmead next year,” CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom said.
“Taking on England is one of the great challenges in the game and given the spectator response to recent internationals in Durban we are expecting the local fan base to come out in their numbers to support their team.”
The International Cricket Council rated Kingsmead the best international venue last summer, and Strydom says the matches reflected the high standards set at the Durban ground.
“The white ball internationals were both excellent contests, thanks to the very good pitches and outfields that were prepared for the matches,” said Strydom.
“We know that Durban is a popular destination for touring teams as they enjoying the training facilities and the matchday set-up at Kingsmead, and the City of Durban is always a hospitable tourist destination for visiting teams,” he added.
He added that the Durban cricket fans have earned a reputation for being discerning cricket followers, but said that they rally behind their Hollywoodbets Dolphins players involved in international matches.
Andile Phehlukwayo and David Miller are the two Dolphins players that are important cogs in the current Proteas line-up. Having a few local players in the mix will be another draw card for spectators this summer.
Phehlukwayo has played significant roles in two previous ODI’s at Kingsmead where he joined fellow Dolphin David Miller in beating Australia, then he and Rassie van der Dussen combined against Pakistan earlier this year to guide their side over the line from a tough situation.
2019/2020 Season: South Africa vs England Series Fixtures
17 – 18 Dec 19 Tue-Wed @ 10h00 2-Day Tour Match – Inv. XI vs England, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
20 – 22 Dec 19 Fri-Sun @ 10h00 3-Day Tour Match – SA ‘A’ vs England, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
26 – 30 Dec 19 Thu-Mon @ 10h00 1st. Test – South Africa vs England, SuperSport Park, Centurion
03 – 07 Jan 20 Fri-Tue @ 10h30 2nd. Test – South Africa vs England, PPC Newlands, Cape Town
16 – 20 Jan 20 Thu-Mon @ 10h00 3rd. Test – South Africa vs England, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
24 – 28 Jan 20 Fri-Tue @ 10h00 4th. Test – South Africa vs England, Bidvest Wanderers, Johannesburg
31-Jan-20 Fri (Day) @ 10h00 1-Day Tour Match – SA Inv. XI vs England – Paarl
01-Feb-20 Sat (Day) @ 10h00 1-Day Tour Match – SA Inv. XI vs England – Paarl
04-Feb-20 Tue (DN) @ 13h00 1st. ODI SA vs England, PPC Newlands, Cape Town
07-Feb-20 Fri (DN) @ 13h00 2nd. ODI SA vs England, Kingsmead, Durban
09-Feb-20 Sun (Day) @ 10h00 3rd. ODI SA vs England, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
12-Feb-20 Wed (DN) @ 18h00 1st. KFC T20I SA vs England, Buffalo Park, East London
14-Feb-20 Fri (DN) @ 18h00 2nd. KFC T20I SA vs England, Kingsmead, Durban
16-Feb-20 Sun (Day) @ 14h30 3rd. KFC T20I SA vs England, SuperSport Park, Centurion
2019/2020 Season: South Africa vs Australia Series Fixtures
21-Feb-20 Fri (DN) @ 18h00 1st. KFC T20I SA vs Australia, Bidvest Wanderers, Johannesburg
23-Feb-20 Sun (Day) @ 14h30 2nd. KFC T20I SA vs Australia, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
26-Feb-20 Wed (DN) @ 18h00 3rd. KFC T20I – SA vs Australia, PPC Newlands, Cape Town
29-Feb-20 Sat (DN) @ 13h00 1st. ODI – SA vs Australia, Eurolux Park, Paarl
04-Mar-20 Wed (DN) @ 13h00 2nd. ODI SA vs Australia, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
07-Mar-20 Sat (Day) @ 10h00 3rd. ODI – SA vs Australia, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom