With England set to take on South Africa in five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s, ecb.co.uk looks at how they fared in their last away limited-overs series against the Proteas.
One-day internationals in 2009 – South Africa 1 England 2
On the back of their semi-final defeat to Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy, England were looking to build momentum ahead their Test series against South Africa.
But Paul Collingwood’s quest to become England’s most capped one-day international player was put on hold as the opening match at the Wanderers was abandoned without a ball bowled due to heavy rain.
On his record-breaking 171st ODI appearance, Collingwood hit a classy 105 not out and took 2-24 as England finally got the series underway with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory.
Chasing a target of 251, a 162-run third-wicket partnership between Collingwood and Jonathan Trott, who scored 87, saw the tourists home with four overs to spare.
In the second ODI, however, South Africa, behind AB De Villiers’ blistering 121 from 85 balls, were able to regroup and claim a 112-run victory.
Graeme Smith and Amla set the foundation for the hosts as they put on a 107 opening-wicket stand before De Villiers was at his destructive best as he powered the Proteas to 354 for six. Stuart Broad impressed with 4-71 but England were hampered by pace-duo Wayne Parnell and Morne Morkel.
The daunting run-chase saw England lose their top three for 58 despite Collingwood continuing where he left off in the first ODI with 86. But Parnell, who missed the previous game, claimed a career-best of 5-48 with counterpart Morkel chipping in with three wickets as England were eventually bowled out for 242.
South Africa failed to replicate their dominant performance as Anderson ripped through their batting line-up to steer England to a seven-wicket win.
Petersen’s half-century was all the hosts could celebrate for their efforts as Anderson finished with 5-23. Broad also played a helping hand with figures of 2-30 as South Africa were bowled out for a meagre 119.
Trott lead from the front with 52 as England cruised to their target with 112 balls remaining.
The series ended with in an anti-climax as rain forced play to be abandoned in the final ODI.
But the result meant England claimed a 2-1 one-day series victory, becoming only the second team in history to beat South Africa on home soil.
T20 Internationals in 2009 – South Africa 1 England 1
Current limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan showed his class in the first of the two-match series.
The left-hander blasted seven fours and five sixes in a brutal 54-ball 85, adding 98 in 9.1 overs with half-centurion Collingwood, after England had slipped to 61 for three in the seventh over.
Man-of-the-match Morgan’s blitz set South Africa 203 to win, a target that was revised to 129 from 13 overs due to rain, and the Proteas almost completed an impressive chase. A 97-run opening partnership between Smith and Loots Bosman, who made 41 and 58 respectively, set them on their way but they fell just short.
2nd T20 – South Africa won by 84 runs in Centurion
Smith and Bosman maintained their outstanding sprint-format form two days later in the next match, hitting 88 and 94 respectively.
The opening pair blasted England’s attack to all parts in a destructive 170-run partnership in 13.1 overs. De Villiers also weighed in with 24 off 17 deliveries to lift South Africa to a mammoth 241 for six.
While all of England’s top order made starts, only Trott went on and provided a meaningful score, hitting 51 off 40 balls. However, the tourists were always up against it and they were restricted to 157 for eight.