England and South Africa 2015-16 tour starts on Boxing Day

South Africa won the last Test series against England 2-0
South Africa have not played a home series against England since 2009-10

England will start a four-match Test series in South Africa on Boxing Day next year after the dates for the tour were confirmed.

There will also be five one-dayers and two Twenty20 matches in the contest.

England were beaten 2-0 at home when the two countries last met in a Test series in 2012.

Andrew Strauss was the England skipper at the time and team-mate Kevin Pietersen was dropped after sending controversial texts to the opposition.

Pietersen apologised to Strauss and his team-mates for the texts and, despite being reintegrated into the side, he was later told he was not part of the team's plans, and effectively sacked, in the wake of the 5-0 whitewash in Australia.

England's last tour of South Africa, in 2009-2010 ended 1-1 and was the last time the host side played a four-match Test series.

"Any tour of South Africa is special and, as the Proteas currently set the benchmark in Test and one-day international cricket, it will be a real challenge which our emerging team will relish," said England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton.

England in South Africa 2015-16
DateGameVenue
26-30 December 2015TestDurban
2-6 January 2016TestCape Town
14-18 JanuaryTestJohannesburg
22-26 JanuaryTestCenturion
3 FebruaryODIBloemfontein
6 FebruaryODIPort Elizabeth
9 FebruaryODICenturion
12 FebruaryODIJohannesburg
14 FebruaryODICape Town
19 FebruaryT20Cape Town
21 FebruaryT20Johannesburg

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