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Last Updated: Friday, 21 March, 2003, 15:37 GMT
SA confirm England trip
Spinner Paul Adams celebrates
South Africa are currently top of the ICC Test Championship
South Africa's cricket authorities have given the go-ahead to their 2003 tour of England.

But Zimbabwe, expected to play two Tests at the beginning of the season, have yet to make a final decision on their trip.

Reports a month ago suggested the United Cricket Board of South Africa could pull out of their commitment following England's decision not to play a World Cup match in Harare.

But the side, under new captain Graeme Smith, will now go ahead with the planned five Tests.

SA TESTS IN ENGLAND
24 - 28 July: Edgbaston
31 July - 4 Aug: Lord's
14 - 18 Aug: Trent Bridge
21 - 25 Aug: Headingley
4 - 8 Sept: 5th Test, The Oval
They will also take part in the one-day NatWest Series, although a third team may have to be found should Zimbabwe pull out.

"I am pleased to announce that South Africa have confirmed their intention to tour England this summer," said England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tim Lamb.

"There is strong demand for tickets with revenues already at the 4 million mark."

South Africa currently top the official ICC Test Championship table, following series victories over Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the last few months.

The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) will make a final decision on their tour at the end of this month.

ECB chairman David Morgan will fly to Harare next week in an attempt to convince his counterparts to go ahead with the tour.

Pakistan, already playing three one-day internationals against England in June, are a possible replacement should the decision not go England's way.




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