Fourteenth Test-playing tour of England by South Africa
The South Africans were coming to the end of an
arduous year’s touring but, having beaten Pakistan
and India, now needed to
overcome England and become
the first side since readmission to win a Test series in England.
While the tour brought South Africa the series victory
in Tests, it ended on a slight down note when they lost the one-day
international series 4-0.
Smith said his players were jaded after playing too
much cricket recently, and that they had relaxed after the Test series triumph.
Mickey Arthur expressed relief that the ICC called off the Champions Trophy and
asked administrators to balance the commercial opportunities of more tours
with the need for rest and recuperation.
Strydom (convenor of selectors),Shafiek Abrahams, Mustapha Khan.
Unavailable: Charl Langeveldt (in county cricket as a
Tour Party Announced : 23 May
squad was the same that toured India, plus Andre Nel.
Not selected :
One-day squad announced:5 August 2008.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(23 May to June)
squad assembled for a training camp in mid-June before leaving for England.
They flew out of Johannesburg on 23 June. Landed in London on 26 ?? June 2008.
Albie Morkel was already in England where
he had played some county and club cricket
Time spent in
(arrival - 5 September)
On-tour selection panel
Dale Steyn sustained a fracture in the field during the second
Test at Headingley and missed two Test matches.
Graeme Smith had to leave the
tour early with tennis elbow and missed some of the ODI series. There was no
nominated vice-captain and Kallis (who resigned from the role in 2007) was
asked to step in and lead the side.
WON 10 w
WON 5 w
LOST 6 w
England (1st ODI)
§ Trent Bridge
England (2nd ODI)
England (3rd ODI)
England (4th ODI)
England (5th ODI)
† not first-class
⊕ Twenty 20 international
Time spent inbefore First Test:
(arrival - 10 July)
Test appearances on tour
4-Amla, Boucher, de Villiers, Harris, Kallis, McKenzie, Morkel, Ntini,
0 -Duminy, Petersen, Zondeki
bat for two days to save the First Test, after following on 346 behind, the
first three in the batting order Smith (107), McKenzie (138) and Amla (108*)
(174) and Prince (149) ground out a record fifth wicket partnership against England
of 212 at Headingley
Smith's determined captain's innings of 154 not out at Edgbaston saw South Africa
to victory and a series win.
Other first-class matches
§ One-day internationals
⊕ Twenty 20 international
Return to South Africa
Harris, McKenzie, Peterson, Prince and Zondeki were
not part of the limited-overs squad and left for South Africa after the Test
series.Graeme Smith also returned
home early, missing the last three ODIs, for treatment to his injured elbow.
The team arrived home in Johannesburg on 5 September 2008.