KwaZulu-Natal cricket fans can look forward to two high quality internationals when the Standard Bank Proteas host England in Durban for a One Day International and a T20 International in February next year.
The ODI will take place on Friday 7 February, followed by the T20 International on Friday 14 February, and Durban will once again be a popular destination for England’s famous Barmy Army travelling supporters.
The rivalry between England and South Africa will be in the spotlight this month when these two sides face one another in the opening match of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup at the Oval next Thursday. Cricket fans will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of the English for what promises to be another very competitive series.
“The English fans are fantastic and we look forward to welcoming them to Kingsmead next year,” CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom said.
“Taking on England is one of the great challenges in the game and given the spectator response to recent internationals in Durban we are expecting the local fan base to come out in their numbers to support their team.”
The International Cricket Council rated Kingsmead the best international venue last summer, and Strydom says the matches reflected the high standards set at the Durban ground.
“The white ball internationals were both excellent contests, thanks to the very good pitches and outfields that were prepared for the matches,” said Strydom.
“We know that Durban is a popular destination for touring teams as they enjoying the training facilities and the matchday set-up at Kingsmead, and the City of Durban is always a hospitable tourist destination for visiting teams,” he added.
He added that the Durban cricket fans have earned a reputation for being discerning cricket followers, but said that they rally behind their Hollywoodbets Dolphins players involved in international matches.
Andile Phehlukwayo and David Miller are the two Dolphins players that are important cogs in the current Proteas line-up. Having a few local players in the mix will be another draw card for spectators this summer.
Phehlukwayo has played significant roles in two previous ODI’s at Kingsmead where he joined fellow Dolphin David Miller in beating Australia, then he and Rassie van der Dussen combined against Pakistan earlier this year to guide their side over the line from a tough situation.