tour of England by South Africa
(June - September 2003)
At the age of only 22, South Africa’s new captain Graeme
Smith scored 277 at Edgbaston, the highest individual innings by a South
African in Test cricket, and followed it with 259 at Lord’s.
South Africa won by
an innings at Lord’s, breaking all sorts of batting records, and recovered
from England levelling the
series at Trent
Bridge with an
overpowering victory in the next match at Headingley. When they scored 484 at
The Oval, a series victory for the first time in England
seemed assured but for the first time the bowlers could not overcome an easy
pitch which allowed England
to come back determinedly.For South Africa,
the tour ended unfulfilled at two matches-all.
Having won all but one of their six one-day matches in the NatWest
triangular series (with Zimbabwe),
the South Africans then lost the final, scoring a feeble 107 and sustaining
the image of being nervous finishers.
This was Corrie van Zyl’s last
tour as assistant coach and he was replaced by Vincent Barnes for the forthcoming
Adrian le Roux took the job
of fitness trainer in June, having previously worked for a year with India.
Omar Henry (convenor of selectors),Haroon
Lorgat, Douglas Maku, Hugh Page and Pat Symcox (?)
Unavailable:Neil McKenzie was chosen for the tour but failed a fitness test
on 10 June on the torn disc in his lower back and Boeta Dippenaar was added
to the one-day squad.
Touring party announced:Monday 19
Not selected :Lance
Klusener. He was described by Graeme Smith as a disruptive influence on the
team. Klusener then threatened the UCBwith legal action for loss of earnings.When Kallis’s father died, Klusener offered
to reinforce the team should Kallis not wish to return to England but
the selectors called up Andrew Hall instead.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(19 May to depart in Saf)
Dewald Pretorius was already in England
playing for Durham in the County Championship.
The squad gathered in Pretoria
for a three-day training camp on 13 June.
Departrure was on approx 15 June.The South African one-day squad arrived in Dublin on Monday 16 June, without Jacques
Kallis and Nicky Boje. Kallis stayed
back for family reasons, while Boje remained at home for the birth of his
first child. They joined the squad in England on Saturday 21 June.
Kirsten, Peterson, Tsolekile, Willoughby and Zondeki arrived at the end
of the one-day triangular series
Time spent in British Isles
(16 June - depart Host)
On-tour selection panel
Graeme Smith (captain),Eric Simons (coach),……..
Omar Henry (convenor
ofselectors) was present in England
during the tour.
Nicky Boje flew back home to recuperate from the injury to his
left leg sustained during the NatWest Series. Shaun Pollock returned to South Africa
to be with his pregnant wife, and came back on 18 July.
Jacques Kallis returned home at the end of the
one-day series and missed the first 2 Tests to be with his father who died on
21 July.Andrew Hall was called up on 29 July, having gone from the ODI
squad to play county cricket for Worcestershire.
Hall took part in the Test match at Lord’s but was given
special permission to play for Worcestershire in a limited-overs semi-final.
He then rejoined the squad to make a decisive impact in the Headingley Test,
which Shaun Pollock missed through returning to Durban to attend the birth of his daughter.
Won 132 r
Won 153 r
Sir Paul Getty's XI
Won 50 r
Won 69 r
§ Kennington Oval
Lost 6 w
Won 46 r
§ Old Trafford
Won 7 w
Won 9 w
Won 4 w
Won 7 w
Lost 7 w
WON inns 92 r
Association Masters’ XI
Won 101 r
LOST 70 r
WON 191 r
LOST 9 w
† not first-class
spent in British Isles before First
(16 June - 24 July)
Test appearances on tour
5 -Boucher, Gibbs, Ntini, Rudolph, Smith.
4 -Hall, Kirsten, Pollock.
3 -Adams, Dippenaar, Kallis, McKenzie, Pretorius.
1 -Peterson, Willoughby,
Smith on his first Test appearance in England scored 277 at Edgbaston,
the highest individual innings by a South African in Test cricket.
Herschelle Gibbs made an opening stand of 338, the highest by any country
followed his massive innings at Edgbaston with 259, the highest by an
overseas player at Lord’s.
•Gary Kirsten (108) and
Boeta Dippenaar (92) helped South
Africa to its highest innings total in
Tests of 682 for 6
•Ntini took ten wickets
at Lord’s, returning figures of5-73
and 5-145 in 48 overs.
•After being 21 for 4 in
their first innings, Kirsten scored another century at Headingley (130) before
Andrew Hall’s 99* and Kallis’s bowling (6-54) ensured a South African win by
a comfortable margin of 191 runs
•Herschelle Gibbs (183 at
The Oval) hit the most boundaries in a Test century, apart from Flintoff in
•Shaun Pollock took his
300th Test wicket at The Oval. He had earlier taken 6-39 at Trent Bridge.