Schedule England in South Africa 2004-05 December 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 January 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 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 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: 01 Trescothick 02 Strauss 03 Butcher 04 Vaughan 05 Thorpe 06 Flintoff 07 Jones 08 Giles 09 Hoggard 10 Anderson 11 Harmison My prediction. England to win the Test series 3-1.