South Africa vs England Cricket Guide – T20 & ODI Series (2020/2021)

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Last Updated on: 27.02.2023

South Africa vs England cricket matches are always one of the most anticipated fixtures on the sporting calendar. There’s been highs, lows and everything in between in recent times. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming England tour of South Africa, including squad details, past results and key statistics.

South Africa vs England Cricket Schedule 2020/2021

T20 Series

127 November 2020Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town18:00
229 November 2020Boland Park, Paarl14:30
31 December 2020Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town18:00

ODI Series

14 December 2020Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town13:00 (Day/Night)
26 December 2020Boland Park, Paarl10:00
39 December 2020Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town13:00 (Day/Night)

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South Africa vs England – Betting Odds, Schedule, Squads, News, and More.

South Africa vs England kicks off on 27 November with a three game Twenty20 series, which will act as a great warmup for next year’s T20 World Cup. This will be followed up by a trio of ODI fixtures in December.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the England tour of South Africa will be subject to scrupulous safety measures and the Three Lions will be staying in biosecure accommodation for all six fixtures, plus their two warm up games.

First T20 winner odds

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T20 series Winner odds

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ODI Series Winner Odds

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South Africa v England Squads

South Africa T20 Squad


South Africa ODI Squad


England T20 Squad

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (Wicket-Keeper), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood

England ODI Squad

Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (Wicket-Keeper), Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Latest News

The biggest narrative going into the South Africa vs England cricket series is the omission of Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Joffra Archer from the visitors’ ODI squad.

The trio have recently been lighting up the Indian Premier League and pundits have questioned the trio’s commitment to the national cause. Their omission is especially odd given that Eoin Morgan – who has also been playing in India recently – has been included in both squads.

Accusations about the absent threesome were fervently denied by national selector Ed Smith recently.

“If you look at the commitment shown to England by those three – Curran, Archer and Stokes – and their big performances in an England shirt, I don’t think anyone could question their commitment to the cause,” he told the Guardian.

Meanwhile, 2014 Wisden Cricketer of the Year Joe Root has again been overlooked for the T20 squad on the England tour of South Africa. Chris Jordan – the leading wicket taker in the summer series against Pakistan – did make the cut though.

Where to Watch South Africa vs England Cricket

As all of the fixtures during the England tour of South Africa are being played behind closed doors, the only place to watch the action is on television.

You can follow all the T20 and ODI games on Sky Sports Cricket and there are also extensive radio options. BBC Radio FiveLive will be providing commentary of proceedings for those who prefer an auditory experience.

South Africa vs England Betting Tips & Popular Markets

To Win the Series

This one is pretty straightforward and is offered by the overwhelming majority of bookmakers. Whoever you think will win the South Africa vs England cricket series is who you should back.

To Win the Match

If you have a particular feeling about a certain match, then this is the market for you. Perhaps you fancy England to take the series but suffer from first match nerves in the opening encounter.

With this bet, you could back South Africa to take game one and then bet on the Three Lions winning the series.

Top Team Bowler

There will be some serious bowling talent on display during the England tour of South Africa. If you think you can predict who will finish on the very best figures, try your hand in this market.

Top Team Batsman

For every incredible bowler, there is an equally impressive batsman. Competition for scoring the most runs will be stiff, meaning there is good value to be found in the betting market.

South Africa vs England Live Betting

Because games take place over the course of an entire day, cricket is one of the very best sports for live betting. Here are just some of the bets to consider during South Africa vs England later this month.

Next Man Out

This is a great market for those who can spot when a batsman does not look comfortable out in the middle. Predict the next man to get out and you could be in for a tidy profit.

Hundred to Be Scored in a Match

Among the bookmakers who offer odds on a hundred to be scored, bet365 is among the best. Obviously these odds will shorten as a player gets closer and closer to their ton – so make sure you place this early if you have a good feeling.

Player of the Match

Most bookmakers also offer live odds on each player being named man of the match. If you have a good feeling about someone, make sure you back them.

South Africa vs England – Players to Look Out For

South Africa vs England cricket matches always feature some of the very best players in the world. The current crop of stars is no different. Here are five we are most looking forward to watching this winter.

Ben Stokes

He may not be playing in the ODI games but Ben Stokes will hopefully put on a show during the T20 series. This format suits the all rounder down to the ground. He loves going after bowlers with expansive shots, some expect fireworks whenever he’s out there.

Joe Root

Rejected from the T20 squad once again, Joe Root will be particularly fired up for the ODI series. In his 149 One Day games the England legend has averaged a stunning 50.10, including 16 centuries and 33 half centuries. South Africa’s bowling attack cannot afford to make many mistakes as Root will be sure to punish them.

Jonny Bairstow

The man in form for England’s ODI team is the versatile Jonny Bairstow. The 31-year-old batsman top scored during the Three Lions last series against Australia with 196 runs and his teammates will be hoping for more of the same in South Africa.

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock is one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen on the planet and his form will be key to South Africa's success against England. Last year against the Three Lions he scored his 15th ODI century and also became the second fastest South African to 5000 runs.

Lungi Ngidi

An important voice for racial equality off the pitch, Lungi Ngidi is also a key cog for the South Africa side. The rapid right-armer is a fearsome bowler who possesses an average of just 15.5 in T20 and 21.5 in ODI. England’s batsman will be quaking in their boots at the prospect of facing him on home soil.

Historic South Africa vs England Cricket Matches and Key Statistics

South Africa and England have met many times in the past. Let’s explore the head-to-head statistics for the two sides.

Head to Head Record for South Africa vs England

A quick glance at the historical record of South Africa vs England cricket, suggests that the hosts have a greater chance of winning the upcoming series – but it’s bound to be close.

Format ODIT20I
Matches Played 6318
England Won288
South Africa Won309
Tie or No Result51
England Win %44.544.4
South Africa Win %47.650

Notable South Africa v England Cricket matches

1.World Cup 2019

England met South Africa in the 1st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup. England were playing at home, and everyone expected them to finally lift the coveted World Cup Trophy, given their strong squad, and home advantage.

England did not disappoint in the Tournament Opener, as they set South Africa a mammoth target of 311 runs to win, in their allotted quota of 50 overs.

Ben Stokes top scored with 89 runs scored off 79 balls. In reply, South Africa never got off the starting blocks, as they could only manage to score 207 runs in reply, losing all 10 of their wickets within 40 overs. Archer was England’s best bowler that day, taking 3 wickets for 27

2.T20 World Cup 2016

The ICC T20 World, 2016 took place in the Subcontinent, and proved to be a high-scoring tournament. South Africa got off to a flier, and set England a target of 230 runs, to be scored in 20 overs.

Any total above 200 is substantial, and the team bowling second is expected to win.
Amla and de Kock’s brilliant knocks went to vain, as England chased down the total with 2 balls to spare. Of all people to score quick and big in a T20 Match, Root scored a magnificent 83 runs off 44 balls, to lead England to victory.

Upcoming Sporting Events


South Africa vs England will feature six games in total. Three ODIs and three T20Is.
The ODI series kicks off 27 November 2020
The South Africa vs England T20I series begins on 4 December 2020
You can follow the England tour of South Africa live on Sky Sports Cricket.

ThePuntersPage Final Say

Along with India vs New Zealand, South Africa vs England always serves up some scintillating cricket and these two series will not be any different – even without fans in attendance.

Slight favourites England come into this contest with their tough series against Australia fresh in their minds and the absences of Curran, Archer and Stokes are bound to affect them.

This gives South Africa more than a fighting chance of securing an upset and we cannot wait to find out what happens!