After one of the most successful seasons since unification, the Proteas have a few weeks off before gearing up for one of the toughest assignments on the cricket calendar - a tour of England.
The two-month tour includes four Tests, one Twenty20 and five one-day internationals, as well several warm-up games.
The Proteas have not won a series in England since unification, but coach Mikey Arthur and captain Graeme Smith believe they have the team to do so this time.
"Our bowling attack is now one of the strongest in the world," said Arthur after the team's return from India, where they drew the three-Test series 1-all.
"Our young players all came through very well in India, and I believe they will continue to do so. In fact, I'm ecstatic about the tour [of India], I'm ecstatic about the season we've just had, and I'm ecstatic about the future of this team."
Arthur said most of the team would have a few weeks of rest after the rigours of a season that included three tours to the subcontinent.
"Some of them are playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but even those guys will have a nice break before we go to England." - Sapa