The England National Cricket Team has been a full member of the ICC since 15 June, 1909, representing both England and Wales. They were one of the first teams to be given Test status (along with Australia) in 1877.
GRAHAM GOOCH: Everyone in the cricketing fraternity around the world will be devastated that such an iconic figure has left us. Bob was a great inspiration to so many players.
NASSER HUSSAIN: There is no way England should pick a player for a Test tour who is not 100 per cent sure he wants to be there, so it is only right Moeen Ali is not going to South Africa.
Craig Overton, Olly Stone and Saqib Mahmood are said to be the pace trio identified for the long-term care programmes which the ECB are planning to put in place in a bid to regain the Ashes.
England will arrive in South Africa in a week to face the most under-prepared Test team the country has produced in modern history with problems both on and off the field.
Moeen Ali has been on a self-imposed break from Test cricket after being dropped during the Ashes series in the summer, but has now declined an offer to return to the squad that will face the Proteas.
The 37-year-old Lancashire seamer managed just four overs in the Ashes last summer due to a recurring calf injury but has proved his fitness on a pre-tour fitness camp.
Joe Root's men take on South Africa in a four-match Test series which is part of the World Test Championship and which begins on Boxing Day at Centurion.
COLIN GRAVES INTERVIEW BY MATT HUGHES: Colin Graves is not a man given to self-doubt, which may explain why he gets so much done.
South African wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi loves performing tricks and set a whole new bar for cricket celebrations when he dismissed Wihab Lubbe of the Durban Heat.
JOFRA ARCHER: I've enjoyed my first tour with England, but it's safe to say I'm very much looking forward to the trip to South Africa. The guys tell me the pitches have more pace and bounce there.
Graham Thorpe has urged England's batsmen to take their lead from Joe Root after a series defeat in which the tourists managed only two individual centuries to New Zealand's five.
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