Friday November 27, 2015
It is traditional for the England cricket team to play a Test match against South Africa on Boxing Day, and this year will be no different. However the action starts long before that, as England touches down in South Africa on 11th December this year.
A few days later they will play the SA Invitation XI vs England match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. This is followed just before Christmas with another invitational match at the Pietermaritzburg Oval. A short break will then be enjoyed for the festive season, before the first Test takes place on Boxing Day, running over five days in total.
The tour then continues into the New Year with the second Test taking place between the 2nd and 6th January. The tour will finally end in February on the 21st, when the second KFC T20 International takes place between the two teams.
Anyone with a passion for cricket will have a superb opportunity to see a variety of matches taking place from mid-December onwards. In total there will be four Test matches, five One-Day Internationals and two other matches, called the Twenty20 Internationals. Whether England can come out on top in the Test matches, or overall, remains to be seen.
It is definitely worth checking up on the dates of these matches even if you are not going to South Africa to see them. It is far more likely you would watch them on television or catch the highlights if you can. The tour is organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board along with Cricket South Africa. No one can quite be sure of the outcome, but if you are a cricket fan you will certainly be watching to see how well England perform. South Africa are known for their prowess with a cricket bat and ball, so they will put up a sterling fight for a great competition between the two nations.
December is generally a fairly quiet month in terms of sport. However, if you do like cricket it is good to know you have some great matches to look forward to. If nothing else, you can enjoy something other than warm mince pies on Boxing Day!