2012 tourists came to England
in the hope of a victory that would see South Africa becoming the top-ranked
Test nation, and they duly achieved that with an emphatic two-nil victory in
Smith, who had considered giving up the Test captaincy but was dissuaded by
coach Gary Kirsten, played in his 100th Test and equalled Allan Border’s previous
record of captaining his country 93 times in Tests.
for the tour unusually included a few days cycling and rock-climbing in the Alps rather than net practice. The tourists had five
preparatory side matches - but there was disappointment that only three Tests
had been arranged yet five one-dayers and three T20 internationals, which
were badly affected by weather and ended without either side in the lead.
Unavailable:Graeme Smith recovered from an ankle injury
in time to tour.
Tour Party Announced :13 June 2012.
Not selected : Ashwell Prince
One-day squad named:25 July 2012.
Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla (vice-capt), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean
Elgar, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong,
Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
squad was picked in August.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(13 June to 2 July)
Members of the Test squad not in Zimbabwe for a tri-series joined
in a conditioning programme under fitness and conditioning coach, Rob Walter. Alviro Petersen was playing for Essex
for the first two months of the season
The touring party left O R Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, on Monday 2 JulyTo get ready for the
tour, instead of traditional net practice, they spent four days at Chateau
d'Oex in Switzerland
as part of a team-building exercise with adventurer Mike Horn. The players
arrived in London
on Friday 6 July. Imran Tahir was asked to train with Abdul Qadir in Lahore rather than participate in the Switzerland
Smith returned to Cape Town after the first Test Smith on 23 July to be
present at the birth of his child before flying back to Amsterdam and then to
Leeds on Sunday 29 July.
Faf du Plessis, Justin Ontong, Dean Elgar and Ryan MacLaren went to Ireland with South
Africa A for three matches before joining the senior squad
Time spent in England
(6 July - 13 September)
On-tour selection panel
Gary Kirsten (coach), Graeme Smith (captain), and the touring selector.
In the opening week of the
tour wicket-keeper Mark Boucher was hit in the eye by a bail and had to
return home injured. He was escorted by Proteas
team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, returning on a flight to Cape Town International Airport
on 12 July: The injury caused
his retirement from international cricket and subsequently from all forms of
the game. On 11 July Thami Tsolekile was named as his replacement and he joined
the tourists on 13 July.
Marchant de Lange strained
his lower back and needed six weeks of rest and recuperation. Albie Morkel,
already in England playing
joined the touring group with Tsolikele on 13 July
Albie Morkel then turned an ankle and would be out of
the tour for ten days so Francois du Plessis was called up. He was about to
go to Ireland with the South Africa A team, which was deliberately touring
Ireland so that reserve players would be available at hand, and joined the
squad on Wednesday morning 1 August.
WON inns 12 r
WON 51 r
§ Trent Bridge
⊕ Old Trafford
† not first-class
⊕ Twenty 20 international
Time spent in England
before First Test:
(6 July- 19 July)
Test appearances on tour
3-Amla,de Villiers,Duminy,Imran Tahir,Kallis,M Morkel,A N Petersen,Philander,Rudolph,Smith,Steyn.