The tour party, newly-branded as Team England under the leadership of skipper
Nasser Hussain and coach Duncan Fletcher, determined to escape their position
at the foot of the ICC Test rankings but it proved a disappointing tour. England lost
the five-Test series by a 2-1 margin. Even their consolation victory at Centurion Park turned out to be phoney. Hansie
Cronje had fixed the match with bookmakers to ensure there would be a result
one way or another.
The Test series began with a defeat when England fell victim to a poor pitch at Johannesburg but they fought back and made South Africa follow on at Durban. Then the fourth Test saw the South
Africans’ powerful side dominate an innings defeat, before England’s
hollow victory at Centurion.
coach Fletcher had his influence on choosing a side full of new faces.Four of the tour party - Adams, Vaughan,
Hamilton, Swann - had yet to make their Test debuts while four others had
only nine caps between them. None made much impression on this series.
Hussain was the best batsman on England’s
side, with reliable support from Stewart and Atherton, his predecessors as
captains, but little from the new caps Adams, Maddy or Vaughan whose time was yet to come. The
bowlers, of whom Caddick was near his best, were all outshone by the South
Nigel Stockill started his role with England as fitness
consultant, which became retitled as physiologist and then sports science manager.
David Graveney (chairman of
selectors),Nasser Hussain, Duncan Fletcher (coach)
Tour Party Announced : 30 August 1999.
Not selected:Dominic Cork,Ed Giddins,Mark Ramprakash, Graham Thorpe.
Gough, Headley and Tudor
were selected subject to fitness tests, with Chris Silverwood standing by.
Other stand-bys:Graeme Hick and Nick Knight. However, when Vaughan injured his finger, Mark Ramprakash
was flown out as cover instead of them.
Time between selection and departure from England
(30 August - 26 October)
The tour party assembled in London on Monday 25 October 1999 and flew
out next day. They arrived after an 11-hour flight in Johannesburg, South
Africa. Following an official press
conference at Sandton Hotel, they practised at Centurion Park
The one-day squad players arrived in South Africa on 6 January and left for Zimbabwe on
14 February 2000.
Time spent in South Africa
October - 14 February)
- 24 February)
In October Duncan Fletcher announced that the tour’s
“think tank” would beNasser Hussain (captain),Duncan Fletcher (coach),Mike Atheron and
Alec Stewart;but the captain and
coach selected the sides.
Atherton, Butcher, Gough and Tufnell formed a
committee to run the rest of the tour’s business.
C E W Silverwood
was brought in from New Zealand,
where he had been with the England
A tour party, as a replacement for Dean Headley who had a stress
fracture in his back and, having bowled only ten balls on the tour, had to
return home early.
Silverwood was also covering for Andrew
Flintoff (back injury) and Darren Gough (calf strain). Alan Mullally was out of
action from the end of November with a side strain and not fit again until
the fifth Test. Andrew Flintoff had to return home after breaking a toe in
the fourth Test, and Craig White (playing
for Central Districts in New Zealand)took
his place in the one-day squad.
out to join the tour on Wed 22 December as cover for Michael Vaughan (finger
injury) but did not play and returned home on c9 January.
Four members of the recently-arrived
limited-overs squad (Hick who captained, Ealham, Knight and Solanki) appeared
against the Invitation XI at Port
Elizabeth in order to rest Test players.
N F Oppenheimer’s XI (1-day
Lost 6 w
Easterns (50 overs)
Won 19 r
Combined Western Province/Boland
Combined Free State/
Won 153 r
Won 102 r
SOUTH AFRICAFirst Test
inns 21 r
Won 38 r
SOUTH AFRICASecond Test
Border/Eastern Province Invitation XI
Won 153 r
Combined Border/ Eastern Province
SOUTH AFRICAThird Test
inns 37 r
South African Invitation XI
SOUTH AFRICAFifth Test
Won 41 r
Africa(1st Standard Bank ODI)
Won 9 w
§ Cape Town
Lost 1 r
§ Cape Town
Lost 104 r
Won 8 w
§ East London
Lost 2 w
Lost 38 r
Won 5 w
Won 1 w
Won 85 r
† not first-class
(Standard Bank Triangular series)
Time spent in South Africa before First Test: 2 days