Cricket South Africa have announced a bumper international programme of matches in all three formats of the game against Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India ahead of the 2011 WC.
The season consists of three Tests against India, five home one-day internationals against India and a further three against Zimbabwe plus a five-match ODI series against Pakistan at the neutral venue of the United Arab Emirates.
There will also be three home Twenty20 matches against Zimbabwe and India plus an away match against Pakistan.
Captain Graeme Smith is hoping the encounters will stand the Proteas in good stead for the World Cup, to be held on the Asian sub-continent in February and March.
He said: "We only have 13 ODIs left to prepare for the ICC World Cup and we must make the maximum use of all of them.
"The number-one Test match ranking is also a massive honour in our great game. We have had a very good run in this format over the past two years with away series wins in England and Australia and two drawn series in India.
"We can reward all the hard work put in by the playing and support staff by winning the Castle Test series. This is one of our priority targets for the summer.
"We also owe our supporters some good Standard Bank Pro20 results after the disappointment of the ICC World Twenty20."