Yes, we know the West Indies series is only one Test old and that there is still the small matter of the limited overs matches before the Australians arrive for a completely unnecessary five match one day series - stay awake at the back there. But the return of Test cricket and the hot weather has got us thinking about the South African series later this summer.
Of course, everyone was awaiting the tussle with India last summer with baited breath and that turned out to be a bit of a damp squib with only Rahul Dravid actually bothering to turn up. The series with the Proteas is also being criminally played over just three matches, rather than the four or heaven forbid five encounters it should be.
Notwithstanding all this however, we believe a classic is in the offing and the hair's breadth between the sides is revealed in our piece this week for All Out Cricket where we put our selector's hat on and pick a composite XI from the sides led by Andrew Strauss and Graeme Smith.
Have a read of Who Gets In An England-South Africa XI? to see if you agree with us.
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