The Protea’s are in England with the first of 4 Test matches beginning on the 10th of July. A 20/20 match and an ODI series will follow the Test series. The last time SA toured England Graeme Smith had just begun captaining his country and started with a blaze, scoring two double centuries in the opening two tests, including a SA record 277. SA’s strong start faded and they lost the final test, drawing the series. Smith is now wiser as a captain and has a more balanced and settled team and will look to claim SA’s first series win in England since readmission.
South African legend Shaun Pollock, currently playing for Durham in the T20 in England will be part of the Sky commentary team for the SA/England tour and will be called upon by the Protea’s for advice and help in the nets.
Jeremy Snape, the former England player, who retired from first class cricket on Tuesday, has joined the Protea’s coaching staff as a performance coach. Snape performed the same role for England during last years T20 World Cup and for the Rajasthan Royals in this years IPL. Protea captain Graeme Smith was part of the Royals team and was said to be very impressed with Snape in his role.
Andre Nel has left the Titans to join the Lions. Nel spent 4 seasons with the Titans. His move is said to be for personal reasons.