England in South Africa 2004-05
5 England squad arrives
8 v Nicky Oppenheimer XI, Ranjesfontein
11-13 v South Africa A, Potchefstroom
17-21 1st Test, Port Elizabeth
26-30 2nd Test, Durban
2-6 3rd Test, Cape Town
9 v South Africa A, Kimberley
13-17 4th Test, Johannesburg
21-25 5th Test, Centurion
28 v South Africa A, Benoni
30 1st ODI, Johannesburg
2 2nd ODI, Bloemfontein D/N
4 3rd ODI, Port Elizabeth D/N
6 4th ODI, Cape Town
9 5th ODI, East London D/N
11 6th ODI, Durban D/N
13 7th ODI, Centurion
England squad: MP Vaughan, ME Trescothick, AJ Strauss, MA Butcher, RWT Key, GP Thorpe, A Flintoff, GO Jones, CMW Read, AF Giles, GJ Batty, MJ Hoggard, SP Jones, SJ Harmison, JM Anderson , PD Collingwood
England have been unbeaten in the last three series vs NZ and West Indies, 12 tests without defeat. Steve Harmison is the #1 bowler in the world, and England's other 3 strike bowlers, Giles, Flintoff and Hoggard are all in the top 20.
Michael Vaughan has captained the side with distinction, and is back in form with the bat. Strauss, Trescothick, Jones and Key have all scored well this summer.
But England's most valuable player by a mile is Freddy Flintoff. Averging 65 with the bat and 21 with the ball against the West Indies, also taking 5 slip catches, he is invaluable.
I expect England to line up as follows:
My prediction. England to win the Test series 3-1.