Schedule: England in South Africa 2004-05 December 5 England Test specialists arrive 6 Remainder of England squad arrives from Zimbabwe 8 v Nicky Oppenheimer XI, Ranjesfontein 11-13 v South Africa A, Potchefstroom 17-21 1st Test, Port Elizabeth 26-30 2nd Test, Durban January 2-6 3rd Test, Cape Town 13-17 4th Test, Johannesburg 21-25 5th Test, Centurion 27 v South Africa A, Kimberley 30 1st ODI, Johannesburg February 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 have made it to 2nd in the PWC test ratings after an unbeaten year in the test arena. Andy Flintoff averaged 65 with the bat and 21 with the ball over the summer and has been unbelievably good this year. Strauss has come in and done very well. Vaughan is finding his form again at 4 and in Geraint Jones we have a top keeper who can bat more than adequately well. Steve Harmison has been the best bowler in the world this year by a long way, and with Flintoff, was rested for the Zimbabwe tour. Kevin Peitersen is the next big thing in English cricket, having now qualified to play under residency laws, could have a part to play. South Africa have some unproven players in their squad, along with some top quality players, Smith, Kallis and Ntini in particular. Pollock will be a threat as usual despite his ageing frame. Personally, if England can pick up where they left off in the summer, they might be unstoppable, however the Proteas are always a very good side, esp. at home and it will be a great series. England squad: MP Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt) Age 29 Tests 50, ME Trescothick (Somerset) 28 54, AJ Strauss (Middlesex) 27 7, MA Butcher (Surrey) 32 68, RWT Key (Kent) 25 12, GP Thorpe (Surrey) 35 93, A Flintoff (Lancashire) 26 40, GO Jones (Kent, wkt) 28 8, CMW Read (Nottinghamshire, wkt) 26 11, AF Giles (Warwickshire) 31 40, GJ Batty (Worcestershire 26 5, MJ Hoggard (Yorkshire) 27 33, SP Jones (Glamorgan) 25 8, SJ Harmison (Durham) 25 23, JM Anderson (Lancashire) 22 11, PD Collingwood (Durham) 28 2. SA Squad:Graeme Smith (Capt), Nicky Boje, Hashim Amla, Zander de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Boeta Dippenaar, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile (Wkt).