PRETORIA, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Factbox on the test series between South Africa and England, which begins in Pretoria on Thursday (times GMT):
FIXTURES First test Dec. 26-30 Pretoria (0800) Second test Jan. 3-7 Cape Town (0830) Third test Jan. 16-20 Port Elizabeth (0800) Fourth test Jan 24-28 Johannesburg (0800)
SOUTH AFRICA World ranking: 3 Captain: Faf du Plessis Coach: Mark Boucher Top ranked batsman: Quinton de Kock (18) Top ranked bowler: Kagiso Rabada (2) Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Dean Elgar, Beuran Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Pieter Malan, Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza, Anrich Nortje, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second, Rassie van der Dussen
ENGLAND World ranking: 4 Captain: Joe Root Coach: Chris Silverwood Top ranked batsman: Joe Root (8) Top ranked bowler: James Anderson (9) Squad: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
TEST HEAD-TO-HEAD Matches: 149 South Africa wins: 33 England wins: 61 Draws: 55
LAST THREE SERIES 2017 England beat South Africa 3-1 in England 2015-16 England beat South Africa 2-1 in South Africa 2012 South Africa beat England 2-0 in England (Compiled by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
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