Alastair Cook added South Africa is a very strong team in home conditions © Getty Images

Alastair Cook, England skipper is anxious over English players of being overworked (after their tiring UAE tour) before leaving for South Africa to play a four-match Test series.  England’s key cricketers— Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali will have a just eight-day rest period before their South Africa tour. England team have been playing continuous cricket for a long time. Their schedule was very tight this year. Cook was quoted by saying, “I feel strong and refreshed. But I worry little bit about the guys who have just arrived back from Abu Dhabi. There’s a few of them who fall into that category. It was a long tour.” READ: Alastair Cook considers England inferior to Pakistan post series loss

“ Now, we are going off again pretty quickly, so we need to make sure they are fresh and mentally prepared to go into battle again. We can’t do anything about the calendar, but we can make sure they are ready. We are going to play a very good side and it’s a really hard place to play. Everyone needs to be at the top of their game for us to get a result.” READ: Alastair Cook feels dropped chances led to loss in Pakistan vs England 2015, 3rd Test

In regards to Joe Root he said, “You have to be mindful of Rooty’s amount of games, like all of the players. Everyone sees the guys playing a Test match, but don’t see the training, travelling and time away.” Cook added South Africa is a good side, “Over the years South Africa have proved they are a very hard to beat. I don’t read much into their current series in India. It’s irrelevant. You won’t get wickets turning square like that – and we know how strong they are in their own conditions.”