I have always said that playing in India is the sternest test a side will encounter, but touring South Africa will provide an extremely difficult challenge for England.
Andrew Strauss's side were adept at performing when it really mattered in the Ashes series this summer, and they will need to be equally as clinical against the Proteas.
Graeme Smith is an exceptional leader and his side reflect his ruthless and uncompromising personality: they will not give England any cheap runs or wickets, that is for sure.
It would be easy for some people to get carried away with England having won the Ashes, but the fact is that South Africa are above Australia in the Test rankings.
Smith's side have been more consistent than Australia and they have every bit as much talent, if not more, than Ricky Ponting's players.
Despite the Ashes only having been this summer, the England side which will play in South Africa will be pretty different.
It is obviously a huge bonus to have JonathanRead More »from South Africa sterner test than Ashes