The thirteenth South Africans to England were the tenth side to play a Test series, and the last to do so for nearly thirty years.
Only one player Athol McKinnon remained from the 1960 tour party but six of the side - Barlow, Bland, Botten, Lindsay, Peter Pollock and van der Merwe - had been to England in 1961 with Roy McLean's Fezelas.
The tour was brought forward from 1966 to accommodate the new twin tour arrangements, which saw New Zealand touring in the first half of the English summer and South Africa in the second half, each team playing three Tests against England. The purpose was to enable the popular West Indians to return to England more frequently. However, this strong South African side, had it been awarded a 4th and 5th Test, would have attracted large crowds as well.As it was, the tour made large profits.The South African Board was indignant that it had been relegated to the second tier of Test nations at a time when the team's reputation for stroke-filled batting, fast bowling and thrilling fielding (Colin Bland would give displays of throwing down the stumps from cover) was so high. The Test series ended with South Africa as winners by one match to nil, so reversing the result against England in South Africa the previous season of 1964-65.The team included four players of world class who were among South Africa's greatest cricketers: Barlow, Bland and the Pollock brothers.